Salman Butt shares his inputs as Pakistan team set to tour New Zealand

"New Zealand is a good side and plays good cricket in their home conditions." - Quoted Butt.

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Salman Butt of Pakistan. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

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As the Gregorian calendar shifts to the year 2018 in the days time, Pakistan Cricket Team is all set to tour New Zealand for a limited overs series. In recent past, the expectation has risen, after seeing their phenomenal stint in ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year. With not so much cricket thereafter, Pakistan Team will be eyeing to shift their gear and tick all boxes before the start of all important series.

In Sarfaraz’s captaincy, Pakistan team is doing exceptionally well, which they will look to take forward in the series to come as well. Former Pakistani Captain, Salman Butt provided his expertise in dealing with the Kiwis at their home, saying this time around the Pakistan’s batting lineup would need to elevate their game, as the series is expected to be a high scoring one.

Batting will play all-important role

Sharing his inputs, Butt said, “New Zealand is a good side and plays good cricket in their home conditions. The Kiwis have the ability to read the opposition well. Meanwhile, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in England, which has pretty different conditions as compared to the UAE,” told Brecorder.

“However, we would need our batting to click in New Zealand, as I believe that the five ODIs will feature high scoring games, and the batting line has to be more effective in order to win then your bowling,” he added.

Believes 280-300 will be a par score

Butt further went on to praise the skipper and his aggressive captaincy skills, which allows the team to play freely and express themselves better. Lastly, the former captain opined that the batting line should increase their run making capacity in the limited overs to at least 280-300 runs, which is at par with the modern game would allow our bowlers ‘a cushion’ to defend the target.