Pakistan to face New Zealand in upcoming Test Series

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

11th Aug, 2020. 10:50 am

Pakistan will face the New Zealand cricket team in the upcoming season despite the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the details, New Zealand Cricket revealed that Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, and the West Indies had all confirmed they will tour during the upcoming home season.

Chief executive of New Zealand Cricket David White said managed isolation arrangements for the visiting teams were still being worked out with officials in Wellington, but the tours would proceed.

“I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they’re confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh, so (there will be) 37 days of international cricket,” he told.

However White declined to release schedules of the tours until details had been worked out.

He said arrangements were likely to follow the model of bio-secure “bubbles” adopted in England for the recent West Indies tour when teams’ accommodation and training facilities were located at the match venue to isolate players.

“We’re working through that with the government agencies at the moment, a similar concept, the agencies have been really supportive, the government’s been fantastic,” he said.

All international arrivals into New Zealand are currently required to spend at least 14 days in strictly supervised quarantine.

But New Zealanders domestically are enjoying a near-normal, pre-coronavirus lifestyle with no social distancing and spectators allowed at sports and cultural events.

Let it be known that Pakistan is currently in the UK for test series against England.

English side defeated Azhar XI in the first test match and gained a lead of 1.0.

Pakistan’s 277-run target in the Manchester Test was achieved by England at a loss of seven wickets, with Chris Vokes and Jos Butler scoring brilliant half-centuries to help them win.

Half of England’s team returned to the pavilion for 146 runs, after which Joe Butler and Chris Vokes turned the match around with a brilliant partnership of 139 runs.

For England, Chris Vokes played an unbeaten 84-run innings while Jose Butler was dismissed for 75 runs.

English captain Joe Root scored 42 runs and became the target of Naseem Shah. Sibley was sent to the pavilion by Yasir Shah for 36 runs.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah led four players to the pavilion, while fast bowlers Nasim Shah, Shaheen Afridi, and Mohammad Abbas took one wicket each.

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