Sun, 04 Dec 2022

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's national cricket team departed for New Zealand on Monday to participate in a tri-series hours after losing the Twenty20 International series against England in the country's eastern city of Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced.

Pakistan men's squad comprised of 16 players led by captain Babar Azam will be facing Bangladesh and New Zealand in a tri-series scheduled to start on October 7.

The upcoming series would provide three teams with chances to finalize their preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia starting October 16.

Earlier on Sunday night, the England cricket team won the seven-match Twenty20 International series by 4-3 against Pakistan in Lahore.

Playing first, England set a total of 209 runs off 20 overs after Dawid Malan and Harry Brook shared an unbeaten 108-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Chasing the target, Pakistan came under early pressure after suffering a double loss of wickets when both openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan departed in the first two overs under the lights at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Pakistan could make 142 runs at the loss of eight wickets at the end of the stipulated 20 overs. Dawid Malan was Man of the Match while Harry Brook won the title of the player of the series for his brilliant batting.

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