Riding on Mohammad Hafeez's half-century and a clinical bowling performance, Pakistan overcame fifties from Kane Williamson and Colin Munro to win the first Twenty20 International in Auckland by 16 runs.
Several former Pakistan players have formally announced their retirements from international cricket in order to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the Masters Champions League (MCL).
Todd Astle has been named in the New Zealand Twenty20 International squad to face Pakistan in the upcoming three-match series after a gap of more than three years since his last international appearance.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who is on a comeback trail after serving a five-year ban for indulging in spot-fixing has struck a match winning century in the National One-Day Cup match on Sunday.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White stated that he is comfortable with the international return of Mohammad Amir who has been selected by Pakistan to play against the Black Caps in January.