The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken proactive steps by seeking three additional visas in preparation for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand. This decision stems from fitness issues encountered by Pakistani players during their recent Australia tour, with concerns surrounding injuries to Khurram Shazad, Abrar Ahmed, and Noumal Ali.

Prior to them, Pakistan have also suffered injuries of their fast bowlers throughout this year, with Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Ihsanullah going through rehabilitation currently.

To bolster their squad for the New Zealand tour, the PCB plans to secure visas for a spinner, a pacer, and a batter, providing flexibility to summon players if necessary. However, the visa issuance might face delays due to the ongoing Christmas holidays.

Pakistan’s cricket team is currently engaged in a gripping three-match Test series in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 cycle against Australia, slated to conclude on January 7.

Source: Cricinfo

Merely five days following the Test series’ conclusion, Pakistan is set to embark on their T20I campaign against New Zealand.

Pakistan team suffered a crushing 36-run loss during the first Test against Australia in Perth, while currently both teams are playing the second Test in Melbourne.

Notably, PCB appointed Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as captains for Test and T20I, after Babar Azam’s relinquishment of the captaincy across all formats. Meanwhile, the captain for ODI team is yet to be announced, with Afridi being the strong candidate to takeover.

Shaheen Afridi, a standout talent in the cricketing world, particularly known for his prowess with the new ball, is set to lead in his maiden assignment as captain against the New Zealand, promising an intriguing clash on the horizon.

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