New Zealand’s flamboyant opening batsman, Colin Munro believes it will be a challenge for them to face the top-ranked T20I side, Pakistan, especially in these conditions.
Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the three-match T20I series from October 31 in the UAE. Munro feels the conditions will favour the Men in Green, but they are capable of defeating them in their adopted home.
“It is a big challenge [to face Pakistan] especially in these conditions,” said Munro while talking to a New Zealand website. “Few guys are coming straight out of the winter and have not played much cricket of late.”
Munro is hoping that New Zealand will play their brand of cricket and if they stick to their strengths, they can beat any opponent on the day.
“We’ve got to go and play our brand of cricket and hopefully its good enough on the day. [We are] very confident. Even in these types of conditions if we play well, play to our strengths and potential, we know we can beat anyone on the day,” he said.
The Kiwi batsman is hoping to start the series on a positive note and carry that momentum throughout the series. “Hopefully, it can all come together in the first game and we keep building on that through the series,” he went on to say.
Colin Munro featured in the Afghanistan Premier League, which took place at Sharjah, he believes the experience of playing at that event will help him.
“Obviously the conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be different as compared to Sharjah”, he said. “They usually have lower and slower wickets here, as seen in the series against Australia. Having said that, playing in the APL was a good learning experience,” he added.
Pakistan dominated Australia in the three-match T20I series by 3-0. It was Pakistan’s tenth consecutive series win.