New Zealand is all set to tour Pakistan twice in the year 2022-2023 to make up for the abandoned limited-overs series in September 2021. The Black Caps are scheduled to play two tests & three ODIs between December 2022 & January 2023 in Pakistan followed by a limited-overs tour comprising of five ODIs & five T20Is in April 2023.
The two-match Test series will be a part of the WTC cycle 2021-2023 while the ODIs will form a part of the ICC Super League ODI series. Their first visit to the Asian country is pre-scheduled & a part of the ICC’s FTP schedule while New Zealand’s second tour is the compensation of the limited-overs series abruptly abandoned by them in September 2021. In April 2023, New Zealand will play 10 white ball games to make up for withdrawing from the Pakistan tour in September 2021.
Meanwhile, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja welcomed the development saying that it “reconfirms” Pakistan’s importance in the Cricketing World. He said, “I am pleased with the outcomes of our discussions and negotiations, and thank Martin Snedden and his board for their understanding and support. 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.”
NZC Chief Executive David White applauded the “strengthening of the bond” between the two cricket boards. He said, “Our respective chairmen, Ramiz Raja and Martin Snedden, had very fruitful and constructive discussions while in Dubai, further strengthening the bond between the two organizations. It’s good to be going back.”
Earlier in September 2021, the Black Caps had withdrawn midway from their limited-overs tour of Pakistan owing to a security threat raised by the New Zealand Government. Their abrupt abandon of the tour resulted in immense criticism from Pakistani fans & administrators. Thus to compensate for the abandoned limited-overs tour in 2021, the Black Caps has agreed to visit Pakistan again in April 2023. The reimbursed tour has also added two extra ODIs over the original. The complete schedules and venues of the tours will be released later.
The Black Caps were last seen into action against India in T20Is & Test series as they lost the T20Is by 3-0 & the two tests with a 1-0 margin. Pakistan on the other hand recently whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in a T20I rubber at home.
New Zealand is scheduled to host Bangladesh for two tests in January next year while Pakistan is scheduled to hold eight Tests, 11 ODIs, and 13 T20Is against Australia, England, and New Zealand respectively between March 2022 to April 2023.