New Zealand are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs in Pakistan in December-January 2022-23 as a part of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme. The Pakistan Cricket Board put forth the development via a media release. The Black Caps will then return to the Asian country to play 10 white-ball matches in order to compensate for the cancelled series earlier this year.
Back in September, the Kiwis withdrew from their limited-overs series in Pakistan due to ‘security concerns’. The decision didn’t go down well with the PCB and the rest of the hosts’ cricket fraternity. New Zealand pulled out off the tour moments before the start of the ODI series in Rawalpindi.
Thereafter, the PCB arranged chartered flights for the New Zealand cricketers for their return back home. To add insult to injury, the England men’s and women’s cricket teams also backed off from their tour of Pakistan. However, NZC and the Pakistan board have managed to restore back sanity into proceedings.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja relieved and delighted
“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,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja was quoted as saying.
“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,” NZC Chief Executive David White mentioned.
From March 2022 to April 2023, Pakistan are set to host Australia, England and New Zealand for 11 ODIs, eight Tests and 13 T20Is. Pakistan recently played a three-match T20I series against West Indies at home after which the ODI series had to be postponed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.