New Zealand to Tour Pakistan After 18 Years
Pakistan will host New Zealand for the first time in 18 years as confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on August 5. On the tour of Pakistan in September, New Zealand are due to play three one-day internationals and five T20 internationals.
Chris Cairns Led New Zealand on the Last Tour in 2003
New Zealand’s last tour to Pakistan took place in 2003 when the Black Caps were led by Chris Cairns. The tour in September has been planned as a form of preparation for the T20 World Cup.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan’s Statement to Media
In a statement to the media, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan has been quoted as saying, “Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket. The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country.”
“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality.”
“With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country.”
Rawalpindi and Lahore to Host ODI and T20I Series
The tour will begin with a 3-ODI series followed by five T20Is. While Rawalpindi will be the venue for the ODI series, the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the T20I series.
NZC CEO Weighs In
NZC Chief Executive David White was quoted as saying that the Black Caps were excited at the prospect of playing again in Pakistan after 18 years. “We’re 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. It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country.”
NZ Will Also Tour Bangladesh in September
The announcements came a day after New Zealand confirmed that they would be playing five T20Is in Bangladesh in September.
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