Pakistan sent in to bat in 1st T20, Amir returns to international cricket

Pakistan are set to field left-arm returning fast-bowler Muhammad Amir in the first of the three-match T20 series.

Live Scorecard: 1st T20 Pakistan vs New Zealand in Auckland

The left-arm fast-bowler is set to resume his career after a being penalised for spot-fixing and serving a five-year ban with compatriots Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said in the post-toss interview that the boys are excited to take New Zealand head on before they go into the 2016 World T20.

Meanwhile, the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson said Pakistan T20 side is a different opposition, and we expect a tough competition against them.


New Zealand team: *Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, +Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Team Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, *Shahid Afridi, +Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Amir

Live Scorecard: 1st T20 Pakistan vs New Zealand in Auckland

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