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Bracewell skippers NZ for Pakistan T20s

Michael Bracewell has been named captain of a weakened New Zealand team which will play five Twenty20 international matches in Pakistan later this month as part of preparations for June’s World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States.

The 33-year-old all-rounder was a surprise selection to lead the team after missing last year’s 50-overs World Cup due to a ruptured Achilles and playing his last T20 international match ago one year.

With nine first-choice players unavailable due to Indian Premier League duties and Test skipper Tim Southee rested, young seamer Will O’Rourke and batsman Tim Robinson will have a chance of winning their first caps in the format.

O’Rourke impressed on his Test team debut against South Africa in February, while Robinson earned his place with a torrent of runs for Wellington in the domestic Super Smash competition.

The Black Caps will face Pakistan in three matches in Rawalpindi and two in Lahore starting from April 18. The T20 World Cup will take place from June 1 to 29.

Squad: Michael 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, Ish Sodhi.

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