New Zealand will play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals in Pakistan for the first time in 18 years, the countries said on Thursday.
After hosting Sri Lanka, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in recent years, Pakistan has made significant progress in repairing its image as a secure venue for international matches.
New Zealand will be the first team to visit Pakistan in what is expected to be a bumper 2021-22 season for Pakistani cricket fans and supporters, according to the PCB.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Kiwis arrived in Islamabad and were taken to a hotel where they will be placed in mandatory isolation for three days before beginning a two-day practice session on September 15. (PCB).
The following is the schedule for the series:
The Rawalpindi Stadium will host the ODI series against New Zealand, with matches set for September 17, 19, and 21, while the Gaddafi Stadium will hold five T20 matches from September 25 to October 3.
Meanwhile, due to the non-availability of the Decision Review System (DRS), a requirement in the event playing conditions, the PCB and New Zealand Cricket have mutually agreed to change the status of the ODI series to a bilateral series from the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures, according to a PCB press release.
The recent tour:
New Zealand last visited Pakistan for a white-ball series in 2003 and has avoided the country since then because of security concerns.
The New Zealand squad, led by Tom Latham, is without its normal captain, Kane Williamson, and other key players from their white-ball versions, who are either competing in the IPL or taking a holiday.
Because New Zealand will play two Tests and three One-Day Internationals in Pakistan in the 2022-23 season, the two boards have agreed that these 50-over matches will now contribute towards ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification.