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Blackcaps Announce Altered Squad for Pakistan Tour Amid IPL Commitments

The New Zealand cricket team, also known as the Blackcaps, has announced a significantly altered squad for their upcoming T20I series against Pakistan due to overlapping commitments with the Indian Premier League (IPL). The series, consisting of five matches, will take place later this month in Pakistan.

Michael Bracewell has been appointed as the team’s captain for this tour. This is a noteworthy development as Bracewell will be leading the team for the first time. He had been sidelined from international cricket since March of the previous year due to a ruptured Achilles and a broken finger. However, he made a remarkable comeback in the Plunket Shield, where he achieved his best first-class figures with the ball in his first match.

Several key players, including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, and Mitch Santner, will not be participating in the series due to their IPL commitments. Colin Munro and Will Young were also unavailable for selection, with Young’s contract with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club being the reason for his unavailability. Tim Southee has been given a rest, and Tom Latham is awaiting the birth of his second child.

New faces in the squad include Tim Robinson from Wellington and Will O’Rourke from Canterbury, both of whom have been selected for New Zealand’s T20I squad for the first time. Robinson’s selection comes on the back of an impressive Super Smash campaign, where he was the second-highest run-scorer in the men’s competition, despite playing only six of the Firebirds’ eleven games due to injury.

O’Rourke’s selection follows his debut in two other international formats, including a record-breaking Test debut for New Zealand where he took nine wickets for 93 runs against South Africa.

The New Zealand squad is scheduled to depart for Pakistan on Friday, April 12, with the first match set to take place in Rawalpindi on Thursday, April 18.

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