Babar Azam believes tri-nation series will help in T20 World Cup preparations

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Pakistan cricket team are scheduled to play in a T20I tri-series in New Zealand with Bangladesh participating as the third team ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Skipper Babar Azam claims that this tri-series will be a good competitive practice opportunity for Pakistan to prepare for the all-important mega event in Australia later this year.

Pakistan are currently ranked third and will take on number-eight ranked Bangladesh and number-six ranked New Zealand. The matches are scheduled from October 7 till October 13 whereas the final match will be played on October 14.

Speaking to media, Babar Azam set his personal sights against New Zealand as he missed the previous series due to a thumb injury.

“I am pleased that we will be featuring in the tri-series in New Zealand as it will help us to arrive early and not only acclimatise for the T20 World Cup in Australia but also give final touches to our preparations,” said Babar.

“I missed the last series in New Zealand due to a thumb injury and look forward to playing cricket in Christchurch against two good oppositions,” he added.

T20I Series List

7 Oct –Pakistan v Bangladesh, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (1200 PST)

8 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (1200 PST)

9 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

11 Oct –Pakistan v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

12 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

13 Oct –Pakistan v Bangladesh, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

14 Oct – Final, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)