Following a thrilling Test series, Pakistan and New Zealand will compete in a three-match One Day International series beginning on January 9. All of the one-day internationals are scheduled to take place at the National Bank Arena in Karachi. The next ODI series, which is a phase of the ICC 2023 World Cup Super League, has 10 points at stake for each game. It makes no difference because the ODI World Cup in India in 2023 is already guaranteed for both teams.
Pakistan, which has recently put on some impressive performances, will want to use their advantage at home. Their captain will be Babar Azam, who has been the best ODI batter since July 2021. Babar would be eager to continue his winning streak in the 50-over format.
Babar will be supported by Shan Masood, a middle-order hitter, while Mohammad Rizwan, a former wicketkeeper-batsman, returns to wear the gloves. Due to injuries, Shadab Khan, a versatile spin bowler, and Shaheen Afridi, a leading pacer, are both out.
On the other hand, New Zealand will prepare for the 2023 World Cup by participating in this One Day Series. The Kiwis will also travel to India later this month and have three one-day internationals scheduled, so they face a challenge on the difficult subcontinent pitches.
The team's captain will be Kane Williamson. However, the visitors will need to address their bowling issues. Blair Tickner was called in as a last-minute replacement for pacer Adam Milne, who is out with a sore hamstring. Due to an abdominal strain, experienced fast bowler Matt Henry has been ruled out, which only makes matters worse.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2023 ODI Schedule:
First ODI, Monday, January 9- National Bank Arena, Karachi
Second ODI, Wednesday, January 11- National Bank Arena, Karachi
Third ODI, Friday, January 13- National Bank Arena, Karachi
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2023 ODI Squads:
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Salman Agha, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Usama Mir
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee