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Michael Bracewell is named captain of New Zealand’s T20I series against Pakistan, surprising everyone.

Michael Bracewell is named captain of New Zealand’s T20I series against Pakistan, surprising everyone.

With the surprise appointment of veteran all-arounder Michael Bracewell as skipper for the team’s five-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan this month, New Zealand surprised everyone.

According to the ICC, Bracewell has not participated in an international match since March of last year and has only lately resumed domestic responsibilities after experiencing physical issues related to a ruptured Achilles and a fractured finger.

But because players like Mitchell Santner and Kane Williamson are missing the tour because of their involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Bracewell gets called up to lead the Kiwis in the five-match series in Pakistan, which will give both sides valuable preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June.

With the surprise appointment of veteran all-arounder Michael Bracewell as skipper for the team’s five-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan this month, New Zealand surprised everyone.

According to the ICC, Bracewell has not participated in an international match since March of last year and has only lately resumed domestic responsibilities after experiencing physical issues related to a ruptured Achilles and a fractured finger.

But because players like Mitchell Santner and Kane Williamson are missing the tour because of their involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Bracewell gets called up to lead the Kiwis in the five-match series in Pakistan, which will give both sides valuable preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June.

Sam Wells, a selector from New Zealand, was delighted to see Bracewell return to the team and is confident the 33-year-old can lead the team with skill.

According to the ICC, Wells stated, “Michael has faced a long period on the sideline and it is exciting to see him back playing cricket again.”

“His return to playing at a high level following an Achilles rupture is evidence of his dedication and hard work.”

Wells said, “We believe he will be well-suited to lead the group in Pakistan because he is a well-respected leader with experience captaining Wellington as well as the New Zealand A and XI teams.”

Due to their IPL playing obligations, regulars Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Santner, and Williamson will not be traveling alongside Bracewell, who will captain a young New Zealand team.

Will Young, Tim Southee, Colin Munro, and Tim Latham are the other first-choice players who are absent for different reasons. The projected leaders are hard-hitting opener Finn Allen, seasoned all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, and seasoned spinner Ish Sodhi.

Additionally, two players are scheduled to make their T20I debut: hard-hitting hitter Tim Robinson was picked in the squad of 15 following some significant setbacks in New Zealand domestic cricket, while fast bowler Will O’Rourke was called up after making an impression on his Test debut against Australia recently.

If the two make it to Pakistan for selection, Wells has great expectations for them.

Although Tim’s domestic career is still in its early stages, Wells noted that this season saw a clear demonstration of his inherent talent and explosive power.

In addition to his excellent fielding, we think his skill set is perfectly suited to the format. Will’s early efforts in international cricket have pleased us in both of the formats he has played in.

He said, “This tour will be a great opportunity for him to put his abilities to the test in unfamiliar circumstances.

Mike Bracewell (captain), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, and Ish Sodhi are the New Zealand team that will play Pakistan.

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