New Zealand star set for captaincy debut in T20I series against Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: New Zealand Cricket has announced Michael Bracewell as the captain for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Pakistan, slated from April 17 to 27 in Rawalpindi and Lahore.
Bracewell, renowned for his all-round capabilities, will lead the Kiwi side for the first time, returning to international cricket after a prolonged absence due to injuries.

Having endured setbacks with a ruptured Achilles and a broken finger, Bracewell’s resilience and stellar performances upon his comeback have earned him the captaincy nod.

Sam Wells, the New Zealand selector, praised Bracewell’s perseverance and leadership qualities, stating, “Michael has faced a long period on the sideline and it’s exciting to see him back playing cricket again. The fact he’s back playing at a high level after an Achilles rupture is testament to his hard work and application.
“He’s a well-respected leader and has captaincy experience for Wellington along with New Zealand A and New Zealand XI teams, which we believe holds him in good stead to lead the group in Pakistan.”
The New Zealand squad for the Pakistan series boasts a blend of seasoned T20I campaigners alongside promising talents. Notable inclusions are Finn Allen, Josh Clarkson, and Adam Milne, complemented by emerging stars Tim Robinson and Will O’Rourke.
Robinson’s explosive batting prowess in the Super Smash tournament and O’Rourke’s impressive debut performances across formats have earned them maiden selections in the Blackcaps T20I squad.

Reflecting on the squad composition, Wells expressed confidence in the team’s balance, adding, “Tim is still very early in his domestic career but his natural ability and explosive power was on full display this season. Combined with his outstanding fielding, we believe he has a skill set that’s well-suited to the format. We’ve been delighted with Will’s early efforts in international cricket, in both the formats he’s played so far. This tour will be an excellent chance for him to test his skills in foreign conditions.”
Tour schedule:
First T20I: April 18, Rawalpindi
Second T20I: April 20, Rawalpindi
Third T20I: April 21, Rawalpindi
Fourth T20I: April 25, Lahore
Fifth T20I: April 27, Lahore
(Inputs from IANS)



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