New Zealand name Indian-born spinner Ajaz Patel in Test squad for Pakistan series

Indian-born spinner Ajaz Patel was named on Wednesday in the New Zealand Test squad to play Pakistan in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates in October.

Agence France-Presse, Jul 25, 2018 13:25:31 IST

Wellington: Indian-born spinner Ajaz Patel was named on Wednesday in the New Zealand Test squad to play Pakistan in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates in October.

Patel, 29, has been the leading wicket taker in New Zealand's domestic Plunket Shield for the past three years and was named domestic player of the year in 2017.

New Zealand name Indian-born spinner Ajaz Patel in Test squad for Pakistan series

File image of New Zealand's Ajaz Patel. Image courtesy: Twitter @BlackCaps

The finger spinner, who was born in Mumbai and moved to New Zealand as a child, took 48 wickets at an average of 21.52 in his most recent season with Central Stags.

Chief selector Gavin Larsen said Patel would replace the injured Mitchell Santner in the 15-man squad to face Pakistan.

"Ajaz has deserved his inclusion on the sheer weight of his domestic first-class form over the past couple of summers," he said.

"With Mitch Santner not fully recovered yet from his knee surgery, it's nice to have both wrist (Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi) and finger (Patel) spin options, given the likely conditions in the UAE."

The selectors also included Tom Blundell in the squad as wicketkeeping back-up to BJ Watling.

New Zealand Test squad:

Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2018 13:25:31 IST






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