As the Pakistani cricket team gears up for its much-anticipated tour of New Zealand, all eyes are on opener Saud Shakeel. The young batsman has been in excellent form in domestic cricket, and he is eager to make an impact on the international stage.

We are eager to do well against New Zealand, says Saud Shakeel

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Shakeel said, "I am very excited to be part of this tour. New Zealand is a great cricketing nation and we are eager to do well against them. It's going to be a tough series, but I believe that if we play to our potential, we can come out on top."

Shakeel's confidence is understandable, given his recent performances. In the Pakistan Super League, he was one of the standout performers, scoring heavily for his team, the Lahore Qalandars. He also impressed in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, scoring over 1000 runs at an impressive average of over 50.

The opener is also no stranger to playing in New Zealand, having toured the country with the Pakistan A team in 2018. He said, "I have some experience of playing in New Zealand, and I know the conditions there quite well. It can be tough for batsmen, with the ball swinging and seaming around, but I am confident that I can adapt and score runs for my team."

Despite his optimism, Shakeel knows that the Pakistani team faces a tough challenge in New Zealand. The Black Caps are a formidable side, particularly at home, and they have a solid track record against Pakistan. In the last 10 years, New Zealand have won eight out of the 13 Tests played between the two countries.

However, Shakeel is confident that the Pakistani team has what it takes to turn things around. "We have a very talented group of players, and if we all perform to our potential, I believe we can give New Zealand a run for their money," he said.

The opener is particularly excited about the prospect of facing off against New Zealand's premier fast bowler, Trent Boult. "Boult is one of the best fast bowlers in the world, and it will be a great challenge to face him," Shakeel said. "But I am confident in my abilities, and I am looking forward to the challenge of facing him and the rest of the New Zealand attack."

Shakeel is also looking forward to playing in front of the passionate New Zealand fans. "I have heard that the fans in New Zealand are very passionate about their cricket, and it will be a great experience to play in front of them," he said. "I hope we can put on a good show for them and give them something to cheer about."

The tour will consist of three Tests, three T20Is, and three ODIs, and Shakeel is looking forward to contributing in all three formats. "I am eager to make an impact in all three formats," he said. "I have been working hard on my game, and I am confident that I can score runs in all three formats."

As the tour approaches, Shakeel is focusing on preparing himself for the challenges that lie ahead. "I am working hard on my game, and I am doing everything I can to make sure I am ready for the tour," he said. "I am confident that if I put in the hard work and stay focused, I can have a successful tour."

With Shakeel in such fine form, Pakistani cricket fans will be hoping that he can lead the team to victory in New Zealand. If he can continue his good form and help his team to success, he could become a vital part of the Pakistani team for years to come.