New Zealand to tour Pakistan after 18 years...

Dhaka, Tuesday   28 September 2021

New Zealand to tour Pakistan after 18 years

 Sports Desk

 Published: 07:12 PM, 5 August 2021  

New Zealand to tour Pakistan after 18 years

New Zealand to tour Pakistan after 18 years

New Zealand cricket team will make their first trip to Pakistan in 18 years this September to play three ODIs and five T20Is in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup that kickstarts on October 17. New Zealand will begin their tour with ODIs on September 17, 19 and 21 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, before heading south to Lahore for the five T20Is from September 25 at the Gaddafi stadium.

The New Zealand series is the start of a long 2021-22 home season for Pakistan, as that will be followed by the visit of England - both men and women - for white-ball games and West Indies men's team - for three ODIs and three T20Is - in December. Australia are also scheduled to play a full series in Pakistan next February-March.

"Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-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 the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan's status as a safe and secure country," PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said on Thursday (August 5).

"I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men's T20 World Cup preparations but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality," he added.

Wasim hopes the brimming home season, starting against New Zealand, will bring new fans and push youngsters towards the game in the country.

"With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White talked up the board's close relationship with the PCB and expressed his delight at the team returning to Pakistan for the first time since 2003.

"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 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."