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Kiwis leave for Dubai to play series against Pakistan

SHARJAH: New Zealand Cricket team has left for Dubai to play series against Pakistan. Brendon Macculum will lead the team as captain.

Kiwis will play three tests, two T20s and Five ODIs against Pakistan during the series.

The Black Caps will start the tour with a three-day warm-up game against Pakistan ‘A’ — a second string team — in Sharjah on Monday.

The first Test starts in Abu Dhabi on November 9.

The second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand will be in Dubai from November 17 followed by the third in Sharjah from November 26.

After the Tests, New Zealand will also play two Twenty20 games followed by five one-day internationals against Pakistan.

New Zealand’s bowling coach Shane Bond on Saturday said the team was looking forward to pitting their wits against the in-form Pakistani spin attack in the forthcoming three match Test series.

Pakistan are currently in a strong position to beat Australia 2-0 in their ongoing contest thanks largely to the effectiveness of their spinners.

Bond admitted Pakistan will be a tough opponent on the dry pitches of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which will help slow bowlers.

“I think this is a really good challenge for us,” Bond told reporters.

“It has been a good last year for us and Pakistan are also playing well. This is going to be real good measure of us as a team and so we are looking forward to it,” added the former bowling ace.