PAKvNZ: Kiwis to tour Pakistan for the first time in 18 years
LAHORE – The efforts of Pakistani officials to bring cricket back home is in full swing as Pakistan is all set to host New Zealand for the first time since November 2003.
The schedule issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday revealed the schedule of New Zealand's upcoming tour to Pakistan where they will play three ODIs in Rawalpindi and five T20Is in the Punjab capital.
The PCB’s handout further cited that the ODIs will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, 19, and 21. Meanwhile, the Gaddafi Stadium will stage the five T20Is scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 3.
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
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan while sharing details on the upcoming tour said that a series against New Zealand would be the perfect start to an exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket.
“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket 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, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality,” Khan added.
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White said “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.”
Furthermore, Australia is also scheduled to undertake a full tour in February or March next year.
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