After almost 18 years, New Zealand is expected to tour Pakistan in the month of September to play three one-day internationals followed by five T20I matches. Both teams will be looking to prepared well for the upcoming T20 World Cup that is slated to begin from 17th October.
The three-match one-day series will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on 17th, 19th and 21st September respectively. The conclusion of the one-day series will see New Zealand compete with Pakistan in the five-match T20I series that is slated begin from 25th September. All the five T20I matches will be played at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan has jack-packed schedule this year and will host top teams like England, Australia and West Indies in the coming four months. In October, Pakistan will take on England in a two-match T20I series to be played at Rawalpindi. In December, West Indies national cricket to tour Pakistan to play three-match ODIs and three T20Is. Next year, Australia is scheduled to tour Pakistan to play a full-fledge series in February and March.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive, Wasim Khan said that series against New Zealand will help national side in preparing well for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in the United Arab Emirates. It is going grueling home season which see Pakistan take on various teams in all three formats. He stated that the fans will be expected to fill the stadiums like before covid-19 Pandemic and will ensure that country is safe to host international cricket in the future.
Wasim further thanked New Zealand Cricket in agreeing to play additional T20Is against Pakistan. It will help New Zealand players adjust to the conditions and enjoy our hospitality.
On the other hand, New Zealand Cricket CEO, David White stressed upon on building good relations with Pakistan Cricket Board. He stated that New Zealand cricket team is excited to tour the county after almost 18 years. He lauded efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board in bringing back cricket to Pakistan after almost a decade.