The New Zealand cricket team is likely to tour Pakistan for five T20Is and three ODIs in September, prior to the start of the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE. This will be New Zealand’s first tour of the country in 18 years.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive, David White, said that New Zealand are willing to tour the country and they are confident that the negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be fruitful. White said that they will confirm the tour once they are satisfied with the security arrangements and the Covid-19 protocols.
“Our intention is to tour Pakistan, and we’re working through that with the PCB, and government agencies. All going well, ensuring that we satisfy all the security arrangements which I’m confident we will do, we will be touring Pakistan,” White said.
New Zealand will however miss the services of their captain, Kane Williamson, and star players such as Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Jimmy Neesham as they are scheduled to take part in the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to be played between September and October.
Pakistan hosted the Kiwis thrice in the last ten years but all the matches were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the last time New Zealand played in Pakistan was in 2003, where they toured the country for a five-match ODI series.
Pakistan are already set to host England for a two-match T20I series in October, their first tour of the country in 16 years. The two-match T20I series will be played on 14 and 15 October at National Stadium Karachi.