In August, New Zealand will play a three-match T20 series against the UAE while on their way to England for a white-ball series. The games will be played under lights on August 17, 19, and 20. But the venues have yet to be confirmed. It will be a great opportunity for UAE to play against top players.
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR UAE
After a successful ILT20, UAE will look to make the most of this T20 series against the blackcaps. The Emirates cricket board chief said:
“This series will be a massive opportunity for our players. They will get to compete against a top team. They’ll will also get to learn from some of the best players in the world. We are fully committed to the growth and development of cricket in the UAE and we are thankful to New Zealand Cricket for their support.”
Also, the Blackcaps chief executive said:
“In terms of the global cricket family, it’s important we keep helping each other. NZC has a close relationship with the Emirates Cricket Board and our players are very familiar with the environment. I know the Black Caps will be looking forward to testing themselves against a competitive UAE team.”
Recently, at Wellington, New Zealand won a Test match by one run after being asked to follow on, which made them the fourth team in history to achieve this feat. Neil Wagner claimed the final wicket of James Anderson. Against Sri Lanka, former captain Williamson, along with Latham, Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Will Young, will be key players in the batting lineup. Tom Blundell will take on the wicket-keeping duties. Southee, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, and Neil Wagner will form the pace-bowling attack for New Zealand.
Although New Zealand, the current World Test champion, is no longer in contention for a spot in the WTC final, Sri Lanka has the chance to advance, and a 2-0 sweep by them could secure a place in the final round.
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