New Zealand tour of Pakistan is now happening in the 2022-23 season twice, the cricketing boards of Pakistan and New Zealand confirmed. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have agreed for two bilateral series starting December 2022.
Both the cricketing boards had a fallout after New Zealand cricket team had abandoned Pakistan tour citing security concerns in September this year. It will be a two-series affair which will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC) and ODI Super League. NZ will first visit Pakistan in December 2022 for two-match Test series, which will be counted under the WTC, followed by three-match ODI series (counted under ODI Super League as qualification for 2023 World Cup).
The second series will be a compensatory to make up for making abandoning the Pakistan tour just ahead of the first ODI game. The second series will comprise of only the white-ball series i.e., five ODI and as many T20I matches in April 2023. It will not be a part of the ODI Super League, but just a bilateral series that will add to the ICC rankings of both the teams.
“It’s good to be going back,” NZC CEO David White said in a statement.
“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.” he added.
Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head coach had earlier stated that the decision of cancelling the Pakistan series had got “out of hands” owing to the sensitivity of the situation.
Ramiz Raja, the new Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that he is “pleased with the outcomes of our discussions and negotiations”.
“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.