The New Zealand cricket team is on a tour of Pakistan for a limited overs bilateral series after a long gap of 18 years. These matches will be played in Rawalpindi and Lahore. After landing at the Islamabad airport, the players were taken to their hotels under heavy security.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has arranged a bio bubble (bio-safe environment) for New Zealand players and officials at their hotel. New Zealand had earlier toured Pakistan in 2003 for a limited overs series. The team has not come to Pakistan after that due to security reasons.
The New Zealand team, led by Tom Latham, has arrived here without its regular captain, Kane Williamson, and a few other key players. Some of these players are participating in IPL (Indian Premier League) and some are on rest.
Regular coach Gary Stead has also not accompanied the visiting team, which will play three ODIs in Rawalpindi and five T20 Internationals in Lahore.
The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and New Zealand Cricket decided not to play next week’s ODI series under the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League due to the unavailability of a ‘Decision Review System (DRS)’. In such a situation, it will be a bilateral series.
The New Zealand team will tour Pakistan again in the 2022-23 season to play two Tests and three ODIs. Both the boards have agreed that these 50-over matches will be part of qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
New Zealand Some key players will join the team tomorrow. These players were not part of the recently played T20 series in Bangladesh. In this, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill will join the T20 team.