HAMILTON (Agencies) - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says his team are focused on the upcoming test series against New Zealand and will not be distracted by an anti-corruption hearing that could mete out life bans to three suspended players. "We are just focused on cricket. We have nothing to do with what's happening (in Doha)," he told reporters on Thursday. "Everyone who is here is focused on what's happening here and to do well here." In addition to the spot-fixing claims levelled against three players during their series in England last year, Pakistan have been dogged by other controversies over the past 12 months. There have been reports of divisions within the squad, several players have been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, while one player left the team fearing for his safety after refusing to co-operate with match-fixers. Pakistan's captain said the team could not afford to focus on the proceedings in Doha or dwell on the past 12 months. They had to concentrate on the tests and one-dayers against New Zealand before the World Cup. "We are not thinking about what has happened in the last 12 months, we are just looking at what is going to come today and tomorrow. What's coming next, we are ready for that." New Zealand, under their fourth coach in two years in the shape of John Wright, have failed to perform consistently at Test level. Their naturally aggressive stroke-making line-up has often failing to bat time, meaning their corps of fast-medium bowlers have not been able to rest properly between innings. However, their recent tour of India suggested they are on the right track, with their batsmen batting for long periods and Brendon McCullum, who is no longer wicketkeeping in the longer form, notching his first test double century. "We competed in India because we scored big first innings runs and were able to stay in the game so that's our first goal," said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori. "And (then we need to) bring as much penetration as we can with the ball." The match fixing scandal which engulfed the team in England mid-year, resulting in the suspension and investigation of captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers M Asif and M Aamir, has dogged it even to the Antipodes. The loss of those front-line players and of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and batsman M Yousuf appears to have weakened the team which will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's fourth captain in the past year. The team was further hit this week by the loss of spinner Saeed Ajmal who returned to Pakistan after the death of his father. The defections leave Umar Gul and left-armers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir to lead the bowling attack while Abdur Rehman is the tourists' only spin option. Meanwhile, Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal will miss the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting tomorrow after returning home to attend his father's funeral. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said arrangements had been made for Ajmal, 33, who was expected to play in the first Test and has featured in nine of Pakistan's past 17 Test matches, to return to Pakistan after his father died suddenly in hospital on Tuesday. "He is devastated by the sudden death of his father," a PCB official told the Cricinfo website, which reported that Ajmal's father had complained of fever in the cold weather. Ajmal's absence leaves Pakistan with just one specialist spin option for the Seddon Park Test, left-arm orthodox bowler Abdur Rehman. Teams: New Zealand (probable): Daniel Vettori (captain), Tim McIntosh, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Reece Young, Tim Southee, Brent Arnel, Chris Martin. Pakistan (possible): Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz.