PCB announces series schedule as Kiwis set to visit after 18 years

The New Zealand cricket team has announced their first tour to Pakistan in 18 years but will be limited to three Super League ODIs and five T20I matches. The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a series of cricket matches will take place this coming September. The Pindi Stadium will host the three ODIs on 17th, 19th, and 21st respectively while Gaddafi stadium is scheduled to stage five T20s from 25 to 3 Oct.

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The Schedule of All matches is now announced.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualification will be decided by the Rawalpindi ODIs, but the third spot in the ICC T20I team rankings will be decided in Lahore, according to the statement.

PCB officials announced that New Zealand will play Test matches in Pakistan next summer as a result of their World Test Championship win in June.

An upcoming series against New Zealand would be a perfect way to kick off a red-ball season at home, according to PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.

World Test champions and T20I champions, the 2019 World Cup finalists will captivate many Pakistani fans and affirm Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country, according to the minister.

“I am pleased that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. In addition to providing extra games for both countries as part of their World Cup preparations, these extra matches will allow New Zealand players to spend extra time in Pakistan to familiarize themselves with our culture and enjoy our hospitality.

Aside from attracting new fans, he expected that the 2021-2022 season would serve as a catalyst for rejuvenating the nation’s youth.

NZC Chief Executive David White said, “We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season.”

New Zealand was the first country outside of India to visit 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.

Pakistan currently has 40 points from nine ODIs, while New Zealand has won all three ODIs and sits on 30 points. In October/November 2023, the World Cup will be played in India by the seven top-ranked sides and the World Cup hosts.

It will be a bumper cricket season for Pakistan fans in 2021-2022 after New Zealand makes its debut, according to a PCB statement. The WICB expects the West Indies to arrive in Karachi in December for three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals. After New Zealand’s tour, England’s men and women’s teams will play white-ball matches in Pakistan.

The Australian tour is scheduled for February/March 2022.


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