Sarfraz Aiming to cement T20 dominance against New Zealand

ABU DHABI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed vowed that his all-conquering Twenty20 team will continue their hot streak in their three-match series against New Zealand, starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Pakistan maintained top spot in the 20-over world rankings with a 3-0 whitewash of Australia in Dubai on Sunday, cementing their place as the leading lights of the game’s shortest format.

Ever since Sarfraz took over as captain Pakistan have won 26 of their 30 matches and the hammering of Australia was their tenth straight series win.

“We want to carry forward the winning momentum of the Australia series,” said Sarfraz, who announced Shoaib Malik would join the team in time for the match soon after becoming a father.

Malik’s tennis star wife Sania Mirza gave birth to a baby boy in India early on Tuesday.

However, opener Fakhar Zaman is still sidelined with the knee problem that forced him to sit out Sunday’s game against Australia in Dubai.

Sarfraz admitted New Zealand, two points behind Australia in the world rankings having played three fewer matches, will be a tougher opponent.