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AUCKLAND (Staff Report) – First T20 game of thee-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on Friday at Auckland’s Eden Garden cricket stadium.

The match will start at 11:00am according to Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

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Pakistani batsman Sohaib Maqsood is likely to miss the T20 match after he was injured in a training session. Umar AKmal was also banned from playing first game after he was found violating the dress code.

The remaining two T20 matches will be played at Hamilton and Wellington on January 17 and 22 respectively.

Any of the two teams winning T20 series with 3-0 lead may jump to number one position in ICC ranking. In case of 2-1 result the series’ winning team will make it to number five.

The T20 series will be followed by a three-match ODI series. Pakistan will conclude its New Zealand trip on January 31.

Pakistan T20 squad:

Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Emad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Amir Yamin, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, and Saad Nasim

New Zealand T20 squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santnerand Ross Taylor

Tour Schedule:

1st T20I – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Fri Jan 15 06:00 GMT | 11:00 PST | at Auckland

2nd T20I – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Sun Jan 17 06:00 GMT | 11:00 PST | at Hamilton

3rd T20I – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Fri Jan 22 06:00 GMT | 11:00 PST | at Wellington

1st ODI – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Mon Jan 25 22:00 GMT | 03:00 PST | at Wellington

2nd ODI – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Thu Jan 28 01:00 GMT | 06:00 PST | at Napier

3rd ODI – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Sun Jan 31 22:00 GMT | 03:00 PST | at Auckland