The Pakistan Cricket Board has unveiled the match schedule of New Zealand men’s cricket team’s dual tours of Pakistan after the Black Caps abandoned the Pakistan tour in 2021.
In September last year, the Kiwis cancelled their tour of Pakistan after informing the PCB of a "security alert".
The Pakistan cricket team is currently touring New Zealand for a T20 triangular series featuring Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand, ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
New Zealand will be the third high-profile side to tour Pakistan this year after Australia played a full series in March/April and England competed in seven T20Is in September/October. England will return to play three Tests in December.
The Black Caps will play two Tests as part of their ICC World Test Championship title defence and three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures from December 27 to January 15, before returning for five T20Is and five ODIs from April 13 to May 7.
Here's the schedule:
Dec 27-31 – 1st Test, Karachi (ICC World Test Championship)
Jan 4-8 – 2nd Test, Multan (ICC World Test Championship)
Jan 11 – 1st ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
Jan 13 – 2nd ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
Jan 15 – 3rd ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
Apr 13 - 1st T20I, Karachi
Apr 15 – 2nd T20I, Karachi
Apr 16 – 3rd T20I, Karachi
Apr 19 – 4th T20I, Karachi
Apr 23 – 5th T20I, Lahore
Apr 26 – 1st ODI, Lahore
Apr 28 – 2nd ODI, Lahore
May 1 – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
May 4 – 4th ODI, Rawalpindi
May 7 – 5th ODI, Rawalpindi
Dec 1-5 – 1st Test, Rawalpindi (ICC World Test Championship)
Dec 9-13 – 2nd Test, Multan (ICC World Test Championship)
Dec 17-21 – 3rd Test, Karachi (ICC World Test Championship)
The Karachi Test will be New Zealand’s first in the metropolis since October 1990.
The second leg of the tour will have five T20Is and as many ODIs. Karachi will host four T20Is from April 13-19, while one T20I and two ODIS will be played in Lahore from April 23- 28.
The final leg of the series will return to Rawalpindi for three ODIs from May 1-7.
PCB Director Zakir Khan, while talking about the tour, said that New Zealand is one of the high-performing sides and the matches will provide opportunities for youngsters to continue to watch and follow their favourite players in action.
David White, who is New Zealand Cricket’s chief executive, said that the team is looking forward to the dual tours.
“The recent tours from Australia and England have left us in no doubt regarding the quality of the Pakistan side across all formats, and the extent of the challenge that awaits us," he added.
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