Pakistan cricket team will play three One Day Internationals and five Twenty20 matches when they tour New Zealand in February to March. This is the first time that both teams are meeting since 1998, due to security concerns surrounding Pakistan after 9/11 attacks. Kivis on their first visit to Pakistan in 18 years.
New Zealand will return to Pakistan next year to play two Test matches and the third position on ICC T20I team rankings is up for grabs in Lahore, according to a statement by the PCB. The first match of this tour will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from October 31-November 3 and New Zealand has confirmed its participation so far.
New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 2021
New Zealand — who won World Cricket Championship last month — are scheduled for an ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka which begins from September 28 as per International Cricket Council (ICC) schedule but their dates have been adjusted because they’re going ahead with these ODIs too since it counts towards qualification process of 2019 Men’s World Cup, said a press release issued here today
- Sept 11 – Arrival in Islamabad
- Sept 12-14 – Room isolation
- Sept 15-16 – Training/practice/intra-squad match
- Sept 17 – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 19 – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 21 – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
- Sept 25 – 1st T20I, Lahore
- Sept 26 – 2nd T20I, Lahore
- Sept 29 – 3rd T20I, Lahore
- Oct 01 – 4th T20I, Lahore
- Oct 03 – 5th T20I, Lahore
Pakistan Cricket Schedule – Pak vs NZ
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.
“The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country,” he said.
“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has accepted our offer to play two additional T20Is. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarize with our culture and enjoy our hospitality,” he said.
Pak vs NZ: PCB announces series schedule
He added that he was confident that the 2021-2022 season will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating the country’s talented youth while also attracting new fans to the game.
“We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season,” said NZC Chief Executive David White.
“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,” he said.
In the Super League, Pakistan have 40 points from nine ODIs, while New Zealand have won all three ODIs and are presently sitting pretty at 30 points.
The seven top-ranked sides and World Cup hosts India will progress directly for the World Cup schedule to take place in India in October/November 2023.
New Zealand will be the first side to visit Pakistan in what will be a bumper 2021-2022 season for local cricket fans and supporters, the PCB statement said.
Australia is scheduled to undertake a full tour in February/March 2022.