Michael Bracewell to Lead New Zealand in Tour of Pakistan

Written by Praveen CA

With a host of top players competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), New Zealand will be led for the first time by all-rounder Michael Bracewell in a five-match away T20I series against Pakistan later this month.

The likes of Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner and Kane Williamson are playing in the IPL, while Tim Southee, the team’s leading T20 wicket-taker since the last T20 World Cup, has not been considered following a busy playing schedule across formats.

Bracewell, 33, who was sidelined since March last year due to a ruptured Achilles followed by a broken finger, got his T20I cap only two years back and has played just 16 matches in the shortest format.

Bracewell will be in charge of a side that has seven members from the previous T20 World Cup squads, along with two newly selected players in batter Tim Robinson and pacer Will O’Rourke.

O’Rourke has already made his Test and ODI debut.

“Michael (Bracewell) has faced a long period on the sideline and it’s exciting to see him back playing cricket again,” said New Zealand Cricket (NZC) selector Sam Wells.

“The fact he’s back playing at a high level after an Achilles rupture is testament to his hard work and application,” he added.

“He’s a well-respected leader and has captaincy experience for Wellington (in domestic cricket) along with New Zealand A and New Zealand XI teams, which we believe holds him in good stead to lead the group in Pakistan.”

Bracewell has scored 113 runs in 16 T20Is, including an unbeaten half-century. He has also played eight Tests and 19 ODIs.

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