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Mushtaq Ahmed wary of ‘dangerous’ New Zealand ahead of Pakistan series

He also backed Babar Azam as captain of the national side in all formats of the game

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Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed believes that New Zealand is a dangerous team on home soil and the Men in Green will have to play really well inorder to succeed on the tour.

Pakistan team is still in managed isolation and have not been allowed to train, since their arrival in New Zealand, bearing in mind the fact that 10 players have tested positive for Covid-19.

“New Zealand is a dangerous team on home soil and the tour won’t be easy for Pakistan. Mental toughness is extremely important in this regard and entire team will have to play without the fear of losing inorder to succeed,” said Ahmed.

“The responsibility of keeping the team united lies with the officials and captain [Babar Azam] during the isolation period,” he added.

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He also backed Babar Azam as captain of the national side in all formats of the game.

“It’s a good decision to make Babar Azam the captain in all formats because he has shown that captaincy does not affect his batting,” he said. “He has the ability to become a great captain in the future and has taken good decisions on the field so far.”

The Pakistan men’s national team is scheduled to play three T20Is on December 18, 20 and 22, and the ICC World Test Championship fixtures are scheduled to be held in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch on December 26-30 and January 3-7, respectively.