The Pakistan cricket board (PCB) announced the schedule for New Zealand’s upcoming cricket team tour on Thursday. According to PCB, The New Zealand cricket team will play ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and five T20Is on their first tour of Pakistan in 18 years.
As per the handouts released by the cricket board, ODI’s will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, Sept 19 and Sept 21. In the meantime, five T20Is are scheduled to be staged at Qaddafi Stadium from Sept 25 to Oct 3.
- Sept 11 – Arrival in Islamabad
- Sept 12-14 – Room isolation
- Sept 15-16 – Training/practice/intra-squad match
- Sept 17 – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 19 – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 21 – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 25 – 1st T20I, Lahore
- Sept 26 – 2nd T20I, Lahore
- Sept 29 – 3rd T20I, Lahore
- Oct 01 – 4th T20I, Lahore
- Oct 03 – 5th T20I, Lahore
“New Zealand — who won the World Test Championship in June — will return to Pakistan next year to play Test matches,” the PCB added.
The PCB chief executive Wasim Khan spoke on the matter claiming that a series with New Zealand would be a perfect start to an exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket.
“The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country,” he said.
“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has accepted our offer to play two additional T20Is. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarize with our culture and enjoy our hospitality,” he said.
He went on to say that he felt confident that the 2021-2022 season would prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating the country’s talented youth while also attracting new fans to the game.
“We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season,” said NZC Chief Executive David White.
“New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB. It’s great that after such a difficult time for Pakistan international cricket is again being played in the country,” he said.