Trust restored in Pakistan as Black Caps  tour of  Pakistan is confirmed: A Blockbuster series awaits

September 2021 was the last time the Black Caps toured Pakistan and it was a joyous moment for the nation but a single fake email caused havoc and made the Black Caps change their decision as they went back just before the toss of the first ODI in Rawalpindi. This quick and sad decision left PCB devastated and they raised this issue in ICC. After this incident, the world cricket fraternity was stunned and jaw-dropped. This made NZ cricket apologize to Pakistan in a public statement and they promised to pay compensation as well as tour Pakistan for a full series.

Black Caps tour of Pakistan 2022-23

On 10th Oct 2022, the PCB confirmed the Black Caps tour of Pakistan with the travel eternity divided into two halves, one pre-PSL, and the other post-PSL. The tour comprises 2 tests and 3 ODIs in the first half and 5 ODIs and as many T20is in the second half. It is important to remember that this will be New Zealand’s first tour to the land of purity in 19 years with the 2021 tour being called off.

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What did they say about the tour?

Zakir Khan, Director of PCB for International Cricket said, ” Three tests against England followed by two tests versus New Zealand over six weeks will give us a chance to strengthen our claims for a place in the World Test Championship final”. He further added, “The eight ODIs will help us to prepare for September’s Asia cup and October’s 50-overs ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. As such, the series against New Zealand will not only be from the top drawer but will also have context, making it something to watch out for”.

David White, CEO of NZC said, ” I know our players can’t wait to arrive and savor the experience of playing Karachi, Multan, Lahore, and Rawalpindi .”

“The recent tours from Australia and England have left us in no doubt regarding the quality of the Pakistan side across all formats, and the extent of the challenge that awaits us.”

The tour details and schedule

This is the first time that 4 stadiums will be used in a series post the 2009 incident, the growth out of agony is worth watching and cherishing for Pakistan cricket. It is necessary to understand with a hopefully successful tour of NZ it’ll become the 3rd high profile team to visit Pakistan after Australia and England in a year.

The Black Caps Tour Of Pakistan

  • 27-31 Dec – 1st Test, Karachi (ICC World Test Championship)
  • 4-8 Jan – 2nd Test, Multan (ICC World Test Championship)
  • 11 Jan – 1st ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
  • 13 Jan – 2nd ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
  • 15 Jan – 3rd ODI, Karachi (ICC Super League)
  • 13 Apr – 1st T20I, Karachi
  • 15 Apr – 2nd T20I, Karachi
  • 16 Apr – 3rd T20I, Karachi
  • 19 Apr – 4th T20I, Karachi
  • 23 Apr – 5th T20I, Lahore
  • 26 Apr – 1st ODI, Lahore
  • 28 Apr – 2nd ODI, Lahore
  • 1 May – 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
  • 4 May – 4th ODI, Rawalpindi
  • 7 May – 5th ODI, Rawalpindi

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