NEW DELHI — The New Zealand national cricket team will visit Pakistan first time since 2003 for a limited-overs series in September and October 2021, according to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
In a tweet, the PCB confirmed the schedule of New Zealand’s first tour of Pakistan in 18 years.
As per the schedule announced by the PCB, the tour will begin on September 17 with the first One-Day International at Rawalpindi, followed by two more ODIs on September 19 and 21.
After that, the players will travel to Lahore for a five-match T20I series that will begin on September 25.
Tour confirmation welcomed by both Board’s Chief Executives
According to PCB’s press release, Chief Executive Wasim Khan said that he was pleased with New Zealand Cricket’s acceptance of PCB’s tour offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. As per him, these will not only provide extra games to both countries but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan.
On the other hand, NZ Cricket Chief Executive David White said their team was looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their international season.
“New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB,” Mr. David White was quoted as having told the PCB.
England and Australia also visiting Pakistan after NZ’s tour
Following New Zealand’s trip, England’s men’s and women’s teams will play white-ball matches in Pakistan before the West Indies’ three ODIs and three T20Is in Karachi in December, as per the press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In February/March 2022, Australia will subsequently visit the country for a full tour.
Slow but steady revival of cricket in Pakistan
The suspension of international cricket was imposed in Pakistan in March 2009 after a terrible attack on the Sri Lankan team’s bus outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
It suspended operations on a thriving game with a large following, removing players from the country and its supporters, as well as cricket from a country filled with ardent enthusiasts.
However, international cricket is now returning back to the country with top teams progressively making their way back into Pakistan – the most recent being Sri Lanka.