Babar-Rizwan will not open under the captaincy of Shaheen Afridi? First T20 from New Zealand on 12 January

PAK vs NZ 1st T20, Pakistan Playing 11: After losing the Test series badly in Australia, now Pakistan cricket team is on New Zealand tour. Pakistan team will play a five-match T20 series in New Zealand from January 12. Before the start of this series, a surprising news has come out. According to the report, Babar and Rizwan will not open the innings in the New Zealand T20 series.

The Pakistani team can enter the T20 series against New Zealand with a new opening pair, in which young Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan will open the innings in place of Babar Azam. According to the report received from Auckland, the team management made Saim and Rizwan bat with the new ball in the nets while Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman played the spinners in the other net.

The pairing of Babar and Rizwan has been quite successful in the T20 format, but new captain Shaheen Shah Afridi, new high performance coach Yasir Arafat and team director Mohammad Hafeez want to try something new in the five-match series against New Zealand starting from January 12. .

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have made opening partnerships of more than 150 runs many times in the T20 format. Both of them have also chased the target of 200 runs once. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, both of them helped Pakistan win by 10 wickets against India.

Babar Azam is no longer the captain in any format and team insiders say that he is ready to move to number three. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez have talked to him about this. Actually, questions have been raised many times regarding Babar’s strike rate.

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