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Thursday, June 6, 2024

New Zealand to land in Pakistan after 32 years

Last year, New Zealand had abruptly called off the tour an alleged ‘security concern’ after landing in Pakistan just before the first match of the series. It was a setback for the cricket board and fans.   

The New Zealand cricket team will land in Pakistan after 32 years for a Test series in Karachi in January 2023. Pakistan Cricket Board releases the schedule on Monday. The New Zealand cricket team will visit Pakistan twice next year- for Test Series in January and for ODIs and the T20I series in April-May.

New Zealand will play two Tests as part of their World Test Championship defense and three World Cup Super League fixtures from December 27th to January 15th. Kiwis will play Test matches in Karachi from December 27th-31st and in Multan from January 4-8. The guest team will return to Karachi to play three ICC Super League Matches from January 11th-15th.

New Zealand will be playing its Test match in Karachi since October 1990. The team will return to Karachi to play five ODIs and five T20Is. Karachi will host four T20Is from April 13th-19th, while one T20I and two ODIs will be played in Lahore from April 23-28th. The final leg of the 3 ODIs matches will be played in Rawalpindi from May 1-7th. The announcement of the tour of New Zealand comes after the successful conclusion of the home series against England. Pakistan cricket team is currently in New Zealand playing a tri-nation series.

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According to PCB, the second leg of the tour is a “make-up” for the canceled tour last year. David White, New Zealand’s Chief Executive says the team is looking forward to the tour. “The recent tours from Australia and England have left us in no doubt regarding the quality of the Pakistan side across all formats and the extent of the challenge that awaits us,” he added.

Last year, New Zealand had abruptly called off the tour an alleged ‘security concern’ after landing in Pakistan just before the first match of the series. It was a setback for the cricket board and fans.