Weather Forecast Predicts Rain May Dampen Pakistan vs. New Zealand T20I Series

Pakistan vs. New Zealand T20I series

Meteorological forecasts are raising concerns over the upcoming five-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand, as rain threatens to interfere with the scheduled matches. Set to commence on April 18 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, all eyes are on Rawalpindi as the venue for the entire series. However, weather predictions indicate a high probability of rainfall and thunderstorms beginning Tuesday, with expectations of precipitation persisting throughout the week.

The New Zealand team has already arrived in Islamabad, gearing up for the series as part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup 2024, slated for June. With many players currently engaged in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, New Zealand has entrusted the leadership to seasoned all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who returns to international cricket following a hiatus due to injury concerns.

In response to the return of several key players, including Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim reversing their retirements, Pakistan is looking to consolidate their squad under the captaincy of Babar Azam, who recently reassumed leadership in the white-ball format.

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The squads for the series have been finalized, with notable appointments in the coaching staff. Azhar Mahmood takes the helm as head coach for Pakistan, supported by Wahab Riaz as senior team manager and Mohammad Yousuf as batting coach. Saeed Ajmal continues his role as the spin bowling coach.

Pakistan, eager to avenge their 4-1 defeat in the T20I series against New Zealand earlier this year, is focused on strategic planning and performance optimization ahead of the upcoming matches.

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