New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice in 2022-23 to make up for postponed series

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December 20, 2021

New Zealand are set to tour Pakistan twice next season, the two boards confirmed on Monday.

The two teams will first face each other between December 2022 and January 2023 for two Tests, which will be part of the World Test Championship, and three ODIs, which will be part of the ODI Super League (for qualification for the World Cup). New Zealand then return to the country in April 2023 for five ODIs and five T20Is - the ODIs, in this instance, will be solely for ICC rankings points and not part of the ODI Super League.

The first visit will be a part of the Future Tours Programme, while the second was agreed to make up for the matches lost when New Zealand called off their limited-overs tour of Pakistan in September this year minutes before the scheduled start of the first ODI, citing security concerns. The limited-overs tour in April 2023 will have two additional ODIs being played, along with those scheduled in the 2021 series.

"It's good to be going back," NZC chief executive 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."

After being especially critical of the NZC's decision when they abandoned the tour this year, Ramiz said that the board was "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 said.

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