New Zealand plays tests in Karachi, Multan in the first leg of the Pakistan tour

New Zealand will play two Tests and three one-day internationals on its tour of Pakistan from December before returning to the country next April for five Twenty20 internationals and five ODIs, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday.

The Black Caps will become the third major side to tour the Asian country this year after Australia played a full series in March/April and England featured in seven T20Is in September/October. England also return to play three Tests in December. New Zealand cut short its tour of the nation last year over security concerns, prompting England to follow suit. International teams have largely refused to travel to Pakistan since a 2009 attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore killed six police officers and two civilians.

“We had promised our passionate fans that we would deliver quality domestic international cricket in 2022,” PCB director of international cricket Zakir Khan said in a statement.

“Today’s announcement of New Zealand’s dual visit to Pakistan is part of that commitment.” In the first leg of the tour, New Zealand will test in Karachi (December 27-31) and Multan (January 4-8) before competing between December 11 and 20 .and January 15th returns to Karachi for three ICC World Cup Super League games.

They start the second leg of the tour in Karachi with four T20Is in April ahead of game five and two ODIs in Lahore. The final three ODIs will be played in Rawalpindi in May.

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