Fit-again New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Williamson missed the last one-day international in Dubai on Sunday with a groin injury.
New Zealand handed a Test debut to 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, leaving out paceman Tim Southee.
Pakistan's opener Imam-ul-Haq returned to the side after missing the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi with a finger injury.
The second Test is in Dubai from November 24-28 and the third in Abu Dhabi from December 3-7.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG)
Tv umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)