- New Zealand cricket board has lived up to its promise to compensate for the losses incurred after their abrupt withdrawal before T2O WC.
- The development is a huge one for Pakistan Cricket.
- Pakistan will also host the 2025 Champions Trophy- the first major global cricket tournament played in Pakistan since 1996.
After a last-minute withdrawal from the series in Pakistan before the T20 World Cup, it is now being confirmed that the BlackCaps will play two Test matches and three ODIs in the South Asian country in December-January 2022-23 as part of the Future Tours Programme. The same was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board in a press release.
The Kiwis will then return to Pakistan in April 2023 to participate in 10-white ball matches to compensate for the withdrawal from their tour in September 2021. It is further being learned that while the two Tests and three ODIs are part of the World Test Championship and Cricket World Cup Super League respectively, the five ODIs and five T20Is on their next tour will be considered for ICC rankings.
The exact schedule of the series is not yet confirmed and the same will be worked out in due time. The Kiwis had pulled out minutes before the start of the opening ODI of the scheduled series in Rawalpindi after New Zealand Cricket received intelligence from their government about a security threat. However, the board has lived up to its promise to compensate for the losses incurred after their abrupt withdrawal.
This confirms Pakistan’s status as an important member of the cricket fraternity: Ramiz Raja
“I am pleased with the outcomes of our discussions and negotiations, and thank Martin Snedden and his board for their understanding and support,” said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja.
“This reflects the strong, cordial and historic relations the two boards have and reconfirms Pakistan’s status as an important member of the cricket fraternity,” he added.
“Our respective chairmen, Ramiz Raja and Martin Snedden, had very fruitful and constructive discussions while in Dubai, further strengthening the bond between the two organisations. It’s good to be going back,” said NZC Chief Executive David White.
The development is a huge one for Pakistan Cricket who had already been confirmed as the hosts for Australia and England. In addition, Pakistan will also host the 2025 Champions Trophy- the first major global cricket tournament played in Pakistan since 1996 when they had co-hosted the World Cup.