Pakistan will host New Zealand in a bilateral series in September-October in what will be the first such instance since November 2003. The series will comprise three ODIs and five T20Is to be played respectively in Rawalpindi and Lahore.
Over the last couple of seasons, Pakistan has successfully hosted teams like Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe in the country. Now they can add another feather to their cap by hosting the mighty Black Caps.
For New Zealand, this bodes quite well. They will arrive in Pakistan right after finishing their tour of Bangladesh. Following the Pakistan tour, the action will move to the UAE for the T20 World Cup. New Zealand will be pleased with all the playing time in Asia to get them better suited to the conditions.
- 1st ODI: September 17
- 2nd ODI: September 19
- 3rd ODI: September 21
All one-day internationals will be played in Rawalpindi.
- 1st T20I: September 25
- 2nd T20I: September 26
- 3rd T20I: September 29
- 4th T20I: October 1
- 5th T20I: October 3
All T20 internationals will be played in Lahore.
Possible Conflict for the Kiwis with the IPL
There is also the matter of New Zealand’s commitment to the Indian Premier League, set to resume from September 19. Players like Kane Williamson and Trent Boult are regulars in the IPL – it will be interesting to see where the management decides to send them.
In either case, there is a lot of cricket coming New Zealand’s way and they couldn’t be happier. They have won their last four T20I series – beating West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh.
Coupled with back to back series in the Asian subcontinent, they will certainly arrive for the World Cup as favourites.