Wellington - All-rounder Todd Astle has
been recalled to the New Zealand squad for its three-match Twenty20 series
against Pakistan, three years after making his international debut.
Astle made his solitary appearance for New
Zealand in a test against Sri Lanka in 2012 and has yet to play a one-day or
He has been named in the squad for Friday's
opening match against Pakistan at Eden Park, replacing leg spinner Ish Sodhi as
New Zealand continues to examine selection options ahead of the Twenty20 World
Cup in March.
Opener Tom Latham takes over from Ross
Taylor, who is being rested for the first match of the Pakistan series but will
return for the second in Hamilton.
Coach Mike Hesson said Astle had been a
consistent performer for his Canterbury province in recent season and will
"get an opportunity to play at some point against Pakistan in what will be
a tough series."
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Mark Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor.