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New Zealand cricketers excited ahead of first Pakistan tour

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ISLAMABAD: New Zealand’s cricketers Blair Tickner, Dough Bracewell and Tom Blundell are impatiently looking forward to touring Pakistan for the first time in their careers.

“We are very excited to get to Pakistan and play on their wickets. It is a bit disappointing that we will be not be able to see the beautiful country as we are stuck in a bubble. But, we are looking forward to play cricket there,” Blair Tickner said.

Meanwhile Tom Blundell said that it would be a challenging tour for them.

“It is very exciting for us to tour Pakistan, as none of us has ever been there. I have heard it is a beautiful country. They are a very good white-ball team and I think this tour will be challenging for us, but it is an exciting opportunity for all of us to go there,” Blundell said. “It is really pleasing to see Pakistan play in front of their fans again and this experience is going to be very exciting for both sides. We have been playing in empty stadiums, but it will be very exciting to play in front of Pakistan fans,” he added.

Doug Bracewell said that the boys are excited touring Pakistan. “Lads are excited for the tour. The results were disappointing for us here in Bangladesh but we are now looking forward to play in Pakistan.”

New Zealand are due here in the next few hours to take on Pakistan in a three-match one-day and five-match T20 series which will be staged at Rawalpindi and Lahore respectively from September 17 to October 3. This will be after 18 years that New Zealand will tour Pakistan.

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