Pakistan’s planned T20 International (T20I) tour to the Netherlands, originally scheduled for May next year, has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. The decision comes as both cricket boards navigate the challenges posed by an increasingly packed cricket calendar.
The Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) received a formal request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to delay the series, citing the need to ease the strain on the team amidst an already tight schedule. The proposed three-match T20I series was intended to precede Pakistan’s scheduled tour to Ireland and England.
The scheduling conflicts arose primarily from Pakistan’s home series against New Zealand in April, leaving a narrow window for the Dutch leg of their European tour. Consequently, the PCB and KNCB are now actively exploring alternative dates to reschedule the series.
“We’re obviously disappointed, but of course, we understand the situation and remain optimistic that a new window will be found to play the series, either at home or away,” said Roland Lefebrve, KNCB High Performance Manager, in a statement to Cricbuzz.
It’s worth noting that Pakistan had expressed their desire to visit the Netherlands again after their series in Rotterdam as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League in 2022. The cancellation of the Netherlands tour has now resulted in a tighter schedule for Pakistan, especially with the recently announced two five-match T20I series against New Zealand in 2024.
The Men in Green are set to travel to New Zealand in January, with the Blackcaps returning the visit in April. With the Netherlands tour postponed, Pakistan will now play 16 T20Is leading up to the 2024 T20 World Cup, as they continue to fine-tune their preparations for the global tournament. Both cricket boards remain optimistic about finding a suitable window to reschedule the Netherlands series, either at home or away.
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