Wednesday June 07, 2023

PAK vs NZ: How many matches will be played in Karachi?

Karachi previously scheduled to host four matches

March 29, 2023
Kane Williamson is bowled out during a match between Pakistan and New Zealand. — AFP/File
Kane Williamson is bowled out during a match between Pakistan and New Zealand. — AFP/File

KARACHI: In yet another change in the schedule of the upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could strip Karachi of hosting one of its fixtures, according to sources.

According to sources, Karachi — which is the venue for the last four ODI matches of the series — could be stripped of hosting one fixture with Rawalpindi in line to host an additional match.

It must be noted that the schedule for the series was revised recently due to elections in Punjab.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket have unanimously agreed to make tweaks to the New Zealand men’s cricket team’s tour of Pakistan for five ODIs and five T20Is,” the PCB stated in a press release on March 20.

“The side will now arrive in Lahore and will play three T20Is from 14-17 April, before traveling to Rawalpindi where the final two T20Is and first ODI will be played from 20-26 April. The tour will culminate in Karachi with the remaining four ODIs to be played from 30 April to 7 May.

“This is an additional tour by the New Zealand cricket team and the matches will count towards ICC Team Rankings. The ODIs will help Pakistan to prepare their side for the ACC Asia Cup and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, while the T20I will assist the PCB to continue with their rebuilding of the side for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which will be held in the USA and West Indies in June/July 2024.”

Current Pakistan v New Zealand schedule:

14 Apr - 1st T20I, Lahore

15 Apr – 2nd T20I, Lahore

17 Apr – 3rd T20I, Lahore

20 Apr – 4th T20I, Rawalpindi

24 Apr – 5th T20I, Rawalpindi

26 Apr – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi

30 Apr – 2nd ODI, Karachi

3 May – 3rd ODI, Karachi

5 May – 4th ODI, Karachi

7 May – 5th ODI, Karachi