Karachi: An in-form New Zealand ‘A’ side has been named for the four-day match against the Pakistan Shaheens in Whangarei, starting tomorrow.
Michael Bracewell, who notched a century against West Indies A in Nelson, will lead the A-side. The 21-year-old Rachin Ravindra and in-form Canterbury batsman, Ken McClure are also part of the team.
The first-class match between New Zealand A and Pakistan A starts tomorrow at Whangarei's Cobham Oval. NZ A will be led by @cricketwgtninc Firebirds skipper Michael Bracewell. #NZAvSHAHEENS https://t.co/0xGEdAhW4F
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Kiwis’ fast bowler Matt Henry will return to play his first red-ball cricket after recovering from thumb injury. The team will be coached by Stephen Cunis and Brendon Donkers.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Shaheens are also packed with Test stars like Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas and others. They took part in their last practice and training session ahead of the four-day match.
New Zealand A: Michael Bracewell (c), Joe Carter, Leo Carter, Henry Cooper, Cameron Fletcher, Matt Henry, Ken McClure, Ed Nuttall, Nathan Smith, Michael Rae, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Rippon, Sean Solia.
Pakistan Shaheens: Rohail Nazir (captain), Abid Ali, Amad Butt, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Malik