Pak vs NZ: Second test shifted to Karachi due to foggy conditions in Multan
The second Test of the historic home series against New Zealand has been shifted to Karachi due to foggy weather conditions in Multan, sources privy to the matter said on Saturday.
The Multan test was scheduled from January 3-7 while the first was from December 26-30 at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi.
PCB decided to move the second Test match after taking the New Zealand cricket board into confidence. The New Zealand board had no objection to the transfer of the second Test to Karachi, sources said.
Pakistan’s 16-member squad:
Pakistan’s fast bowler Hassan Ali has been added back to the team, while the Green Shirts have also named an uncapped middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam in the test squad.
Unlucky Haris Rauf has been ruled out of the test squad as he suffered injury during the Rawalpindi Test against England.
However, fast bowler Naseem Shah, who missed the Multan and Karachi Tests due to a shoulder injury, has been declared fit and retained in the squad.
The Black Caps will play three ODIs from January 10 to 14 in Karachi after the conclusion of the Test series.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood
New Zealand: Tim Southee (captain), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson and Will Young.