The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the match schedule for the New Zealand men’s cricket team’s doubles tours of Pakistan on Monday. The BlackCaps will play two Tests as part of their ICC World Test Championship title defense and three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League games from December 27th to January 15th before playing for five T20Is and return five ODIs.
For the first half of the Pakistan tour, Kane Williamson’s side will contest tests in Karachi (December 27-31) and Multan (January 4-8). They will return to Karachi for the three ICC Super League games on January 11, 13 and 15.
The Karachi Test will be New Zealand’s first test in the metropolis since October 1990. It also continues to be a memorable year for Multan. After hosting three ODIs against the West Indies in May, they will stage the second Test between Pakistan and England (9-13 December) before hosting the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand.
New Zealand will kick off the second leg of the Pakistan Tour in Karachi (April 13, 15, 16 and 19) with four T20Is, followed by the fifth T20I and two ODIs in Lahore (April 23, 26 and 28). ) and the last three ODIs in Rawalpindi (May 1st, 4th and 7th).
Zakir Khan, PCB Director – International Cricket, said in an official media release: “We had promised our passionate fans that we would deliver quality domestic international cricket in 2022. Today’s announcement of New Zealand’s dual visit to Pakistan is part of that commitment.”
“New Zealand are one of the best performing sides and the more we play against the top teams in our backyard the better we get as a unit, which is vital to our goal of being in the top three in all formats. The New Zealand Games also offer our youngsters an opportunity to continue watching their favorite players in action and follow what they missed when we were forced to play our international cricket offshore,” he added.
The first leg of the Tour for two Tests and three ODIs is part of the Future Tours program while the 10 April/May white ball matches are set to make up for the canceled Tour in September 2021.
New Zealand is currently eighth in the ICC World Test Championship while Pakistan sits in fifth place. In the ICC Super League, a qualifying tournament for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan and New Zealand are fourth and sixth respectively.
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