Pak vs. NZ: PCB announces series schedule as Kiwis set to visit after 18 years

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the schedule for the upcoming tour on Thursday, saying that the New Zealand cricket team will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and five T20Is on their first visit to Pakistan in 18 years.

The ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, 19, and 21, according to a handout provided by the cricket body. Meanwhile, the Gaddafi Stadium will host five Twenty20 Internationals from September 25 to October 3.

Schedule:

  • September 11 – Arrival in Islamabad
  • September 12-14 – Room isolation
  • September 15-16 – Training/practice/intra-squad match
  • September 17 – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
  • September 19 – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
  • September 25 – 1st T20I, Lahore
  • September 26 – 2nd T20I, Lahore
  • September 29 – 3rd T20I, Lahore
  • October 1 – 4th T20I, Lahore

The ODIs in Rawalpindi will count towards ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualifying, but the third spot in the ICC T20I team rankings will be decided in Lahore, according to the announcement.

New Zealand, which won the World Test Championship in June, will play Test matches in Pakistan next year, according to the PCB.

Wasim Khan, the PCB’s Chief Executive, said that a series against New Zealand would be the “ideal start” to an entertaining red-ball and white-ball cricket season at home.

“The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will grab the curiosity of local fans and further reinforce Pakistan’s reputation as a safe and secure country,” he said.

“I am delighted that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has accepted our invitation to play two more T20Is. These would not only give both countries more games as part of their World Cup preparations, but they will also allow New Zealand players to spend more time in Pakistan, familiarizing themselves with our culture and enjoying our hospitality,” he said.

He went on to say that he believes the 2021-2022 seasons will help to revitalize the country’s brilliant young while also attracting new followers to the game.

“We are really excited to return to Pakistan for the commencement of their home international season,” says the team “David White, the NZC’s Chief Executive, stated.

“We have a close relationship with the PCB since we were the first country outside of India to tour Pakistan. It’s fantastic that international cricket is being played in Pakistan again after such a terrible period for the country “he stated

The PCB announced that New Zealand will be the first team to visit Pakistan in what will be a busy season for local cricket fans and supporters in 2021-2022.

Following New Zealand’s tour, England’s men and women’s teams will play white-ball matches in Pakistan before the West Indies’ three ODIs and three T20Is in Karachi in December.

In February/March 2022, Australia will embark on a comprehensive tour.

Zainab Murtaza

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