Long wait Ends: New Zealand confirms Pakistan’s tour after 18 years

Lahore (Nut-Desk)

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed their tour to Pakistan after long 18 years, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Thursday.

According to the announced schedule, New Zealand will tour Pakistan to play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and five T20Is in September-October.

Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium will host the three ODIs on 17, 19 and 21 September, whereas Gaddafi Stadium will stage the five T20Is from 25 September to 3 October.

The ICC World Test Championship winners will return to Pakistan next year to play Test matches.

New Zealand will be the first side to visit Pakistan in what will be a bumper 2021-22 season for the local cricket fans and supporters. Following New Zealand’s tour, England’s men and women sides will play white-ball matches in Pakistan before West Indies are expected to arrive in Karachi in December for three ODIs and three T20Is. Australia is scheduled to undertake a full tour in February/March 2022.

It must be noted here that New Zealand last toured Pakistan in November 2003 when they played five ODIs. A year before, their last Test appearance in Pakistan was at the Gaddafi Stadium in May 2002.

Series schedule

11 Sep – Arrival in Islamabad
12-14 Sep – Room isolation
15-16 Sep – Training/practice/intra-squad match
17 Sep – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
19 Sep – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
21 Sep – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
25 Sep – 1st T20I, Lahore
26 Sep – 2nd T20I, Lahore
29 Sep – 3rd T20I, Lahore
1 Oct – 4th T20I, Lahore
3 Oct – 5th T20I, Lahore