Tom Latham to lead New Zealand in Pakistan ODI series

Experienced Kiwi batter Tom Latham will lead a new-look New Zealand side for the upcoming five-match away ODI series against Pakistan, starting April 26.

The ODI series will begin on April 26 in Rawalpindi and conclude on May 7 in Karachi and will be preceded by a five-match T20I series between April 14-24.

New Zealand will be without the services of several regular stars like Test skipper Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner and Finn Allen, who are currently busy with their IPL commitments while ODI skipper Kane Williamson is out with a right knee injury suffered during the opening match of IPL.

Latham though will bank on the services of experienced players like Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls and Ish Sodhi, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a release on Monday.

New Zealand have also included two potential debutants in Ben Lister and Cole McConchie, the NZC informed.

Speaking on the upcoming tour, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “We’ve enjoyed a number of exciting matches against Pakistan across both white ball formats in the last season home and way. They are a tough team no matter where you take them on.”

“The successful ODI Series earlier this year in Pakistan provided big learning opportunities for the players and having more ODI match experience is fantastic in a World Cup year,” he said.

New Zealand ODI squad:

Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell, Chad Bowes, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.

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