New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice in five months to play 15 international matches

New Zealand cricket team will tour Pakistan, after a long period of 19 years, in late December and again in April. It will visit the country twice in the space of five months to play two Test matches, eight One-day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals.

The two Tests are part of the ICC World Test Championship and will be played in Karachi from December 27 to 31 and Multan from January 4 to 8. Then, the team will play three ODIs— part of the ICC Super League — on January 11, 13 and 15.

Later, New Zealand will come again in April to play five more ODIs, which are not the part of the Super League, and five T20Is. The first four T20Is will be played in Karachi on April 13, 15, 16 and 19, and then the fifth T20I will be played in Lahore on April 23, and the first two ODIs will be held on April 26 and 28, also in Lahore. The remaining three ODIs of the series will be played in Rawalpindi on May 1, 4 and 7.

New Zealand’s first visit is a part of the Future Tour Programme, while the second was agreed to make up for the matches lost when they called off their limited-overs tour of Pakistan minutes before the start of the first ODI in September last year, citing security concerns.

New Zealand will be the third team to tour Pakistan this year, following successful series earlier this year against Australia and recently against England, after a gap of 24 and 17 years, respectively. Now, New Zealand are coming after a long period of 19 years. They last toured Pakistan in 2003.


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