Wasim Khan, David White Highlight Significance Of New Zealand’s Tour To Pakistan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced New Zealand will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) on their first tour to Pakistan since 2003.
In his video message, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan highlighted the significance of New Zealand’s landmark tour to Pakistan saying, “Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-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 the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country.”
He further said, “I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality.”
“With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country,” he added.
On the other hand, New Zealand Cricket CEO 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,” he said.
“It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country.”
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
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