New Zealand’s visit to Pakistan was suspended after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. However, the Kiwis went to Pakistan in 2002 and 2003. That is the end.
The Kiwis have not toured Pakistan in six years, and international cricket has been in exile since 2009.
This time after 16 years, New Zealand is going to visit Pakistan again. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today confirmed the schedule for five T20 series with three ODIs in September.
Before leaving for Pakistan, New Zealand will arrive in Bangladesh on August 24 and play five T20 series. The last match of the series is scheduled for September 10.
The first ODI of the Black Caps tour of Pakistan is on September 17. Then on 19th and 21st there will be two more ODIs. After the three-match ODI series, there will be five T20s between September 25 and October 3. The ODI series will be played in Rawalpindi and the T20 matches will be played in Lahore.
In the beginning, there were supposed to be three T20s, but with the World Cup in mind, the two teams have agreed to play two more T20s.
International cricket has been banned in Pakistan for a long time after a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan bus in Lahore in 2009. However, recently several teams including Bangladesh have started touring there. The last went to South Africa.
England are scheduled to travel to Pakistan for a limited overs series this year. Then at the end of this year the West Indies will go, in 2022 Australia may also go.
However, the schedule of New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan this time is in conflict with the IPL. The IPL, which was postponed after the second wave of Kovid-19 hit India, is set to resume on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
There are several top New Zealand cricketers in the IPL. Ken Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, Trent Bolt and Kyle Jamieson are also regular members of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
However, Wasim Khan, the chief executive of the PCB, was happy with the tour of New Zealand after a long hiatus. “I am happy that New Zealand Cricket has accepted the offer of two additional T20s,” he said. This will not only help in the preparations for the T20 World Cup, it will also give New Zealand cricketers the opportunity to stay in Pakistan for an extra few days. As a result, they will become acquainted with our culture and accept our hospitality. ‘
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White also expressed his displeasure after the tour of Pakistan was confirmed. New Zealand was the first country outside India to visit Pakistan. Our relationship with PCB is also good. After a difficult time in Pakistan, international cricket is happening again in that country, it is a great thing. ‘