Watch: Shahid Afridi hosts Pakistan Cricket Team for dinner on the eve of first ODI against New Zealand
Pakistan are locking horns with New Zealand in the first ODI at National Stadium, Karachi on Monday. On the eve of the match, Pakistan Cricket Board interim Chief Selector Shahid Afridi hosted the entire Pakistan team for a dinner at his home. Legendary squash player Jahangir Khan was also present in the evening as a special guest.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a video of the players entering Afridi’s house for the dinner and wrote, “An evening spent at Shahid Afridi’s house with the team getting a chance to meet legendary squash player Jahangir Khan.”
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Pakistan have had a decent 2022 in ODIs as the Babar Azam-led side won eight out of nine ODIs that they played last year, which also included a 2-1 series win over Australia at home. The Kiwis, on the other side, have a formidable record against Pakistan as they have won 12 out of the last 15 ODIs against the Asian opponent.
The hosts will miss their star speedster Shaheen Afridi who is yet to be fit from a knee injury that he suffered last November. Shadab Khan is also going to miss the series with a fractured finger. New Zealand bowler Matt Henry will also miss the series as he’s down with an abdominal strain while Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne are already missing from them.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Test series ended in a draw
The two-match Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a draw 0-0 recently. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed made a sensational comeback into the team as he finished as the highest run scorer of the series.
The second Test could have been won by either of the teams with Pakistan 15 runs away from the target and New Zealand needing one wicket. However, it finally ended in a draw as bad light curtailed the final day’s play. Sarfaraz was awarded ‘Player of the Series’ for his prolific run in the series, where he scored 3 fifties and 1 hundred.
Meanwhile, in the first ODI, after being put in to bat first by Pakistan, New Zealand scored 255/9 in 50 overs. Seamer Naseem Shah picked up 5/57 in 10 overs.