7 Nov 2014

Pakistan retain side for Black Caps clashes

6:37 am on 7 November 2014

Pakistan retained the same 16-man squad that earlier this week claimed a historic victory over Australia for the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Dubai.

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq batting.

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq batting. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Pakistan won the two-Test series against Australia 2-0, their first triumph over their opponents in 20 years.

Chief selector Moin Khan said it was necessary to keep the consistency in the first of three Tests starting against the Black Caps on Sunday night.

"This is to ensure there is consistency, which will bring more stability and strengthen team bonding and combination."

Moin said the win highlighted the efforts by the players and the support staff.

"We're proud of Team Pakistan's achievement in the series against Australia, which has been acclaimed locally and internationally."

"It was a heroic performance, led by the experienced duo of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, admirably supported by the youngsters, and good training by the support staff," said Moin.

Younis amassed 468 runs in the two matches while Misbah hit centuries in each innings of the second Test, besides setting the new record for fastest Test half-century off just 21 balls and equalling the fastest hundred record of 56 balls.

"There is no change to the side from the Abu Dhabi Test against Australia as we wanted to ensure there is consistency."

The two Tests against the Black Caps will be played in Dubai, starting Sunday night, and Sharjah.

Pakistan will also play two T20Is and five One-Day internationals (ODIs) against New Zealand, for which squads will be announced later.

Pakistan Test squad:

Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Taufiq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.