New Zealand A ready for Pakistan A challenge: Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson: "We’ve put a strong New Zealand A side together." @Getty

Corey Anderson, captain of New Zealand A during the T20 leg of their tour of the UAE, believes that the team has made a good start to the challenge of playing in tough conditions after beating UAE in a warm-up game on Tuesday. New Zealand A will officially open their tour of the UAE on Friday when they face Pakistan A in Dubai and Anderson was confident of his team putting up a fight.

“It was great to have a warm-up game against the UAE [though] we didn’t want to perceive it as a warm-up game,” said Anderson. “We wanted every game we play here to be as close to a proper match. I thought today we did really well. The result went our way, but I think in these kinds of games you’re not always thinking of the result. Guys got their plans right leading into what is a big series for us and obviously the Black Caps coming here as well.”

New Zealand A will face Pakistan A in three T20s, three one-dayers and two four-day games. The New Zealand A squad features several players with international experience: Anderson, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips and Jeet Raval among them.

The prospect of facing Pakistan A in the UAE is daunting one for touring sides, and Anderson felt these matches would be ideal preparation for when New Zealand land in the country later this month for a full series with the senior Pakistan side.

“We’re excited. We know Pakistan is going to put a strong team out in front of us and we’ve hopefully done the same thing as well,” he said. “We’ve put a strong New Zealand A side together. A handful of boys have moved on to bigger honours with the Black Caps tour coming up, but we’ve got to focus on us. The Pakistan side over here in the UAE does extremely well in their home conditions so we’ve got to make sure we adapt to that as best we can and make sure we don’t get the tail between our legs if something goes wrong.”

The first T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand is on October 31. That tour comprises three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests.