x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Vettori fit to play Pakistan in Emirates series

New Zealand have named their squad for the limited overs series with Pakistan in the UAE next month.

New Zealand have named their squad for the limited overs series with Pakistan in the UAE next month. Captain Daniel Vettori, who missed the Champions Trophy final defeat to Australia with a hamstring injury, is in the 15-man squad. And South Africa-born batsman BJ Watling has been called up for the first time. "This tour is a good opportunity for BJ Watling to get a taste of top-level cricket - as selectors we believe he's got strong potential as a top order batsman," said Vettori.

"Nathan McCullum and Tim Southee will give us flexibility and options which will suit the short, sharp nature of this tour." The teams will play three one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi and two Twenty20 games in Dubai, with the Black Caps arriving in the UAE on October 27. Elsewhere, opener Virender Sehwag has been recalled to the India team following shoulder surgery for the first two games of a one-day series against Australia later this month, while batsman Rahul Dravid was dropped.

Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh have been sacked as India's bowling and fielding coaches. Prasad and Singh were under pressure after first-round exits in two successive limited overs events. * With agencies