PCB announces schedule of New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan

PCB announces schedule of New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan

Lahore (Web Desk): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the schedule of New Zealand's upcoming tour to Pakistan.

As per the schedule, New Zealand will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) on their first tour to Pakistan in 18 years.

The PCB said that the ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, 19, and 21 and Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will stage the five T20Is scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 3.

Pakistan and New Zealand will both have high stakes in the T20I series as both teams will be looking to grab the third spot in the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

New Zealand, the ICC World Test Championship winners, will return to Pakistan next year to play Test matches.

Commenting on the upcoming tour, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said that a series against New Zealand would be the "perfect start" to an exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief David White expressed his excitement at the Kiwis touring Pakistan for the first time in more than a decade-and-a-half.

He said that Kiwis were 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," White said.

"It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country," he added.

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