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Rain washes out first day of tour opener

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/11/2016

Play has been abandoned without a ball being bowled on the first day of Pakistan's three-day warm-up match against New Zealand A in Nelson.

The forecast suggests the covers could remain on Saxton Oval, with wet weather predicted to linger across the weekend.

A toss was made, with New Zealand A skipper Henry Nicholls choosing to bat first, but new Black Cap and New Zealand A opener Jeet Raval will have to wait for his opportunity for an early look at the Pakistan bowling line-up.

Pakistan had omitted four likely Test players from their 16-man squad - veteran batsman Younis Khan, legspinner Yasir Shah and left-arm quicks Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.


NZ A: Henry Nicholls (capt), Jeet Raval, Dean Brownlie, Bharat Popli, Will Young, Luke Woodcock, Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Ed Nuttall.

Pakistan: Misbah ul-Haq (capt), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.

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