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The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently announced the upcoming visit of the New Zealand Men’s cricket team to Pakistan for a riveting five-match T20I series in April. This highly anticipated series, scheduled from April 18 to April 27, promises to be a spectacle of thrilling cricketing action, setting the stage for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later in the year.

Historical Context:

This marks New Zealand’s third visit to Pakistan in the past 17 months, underscoring the strengthening ties between the two cricketing nations. Previous tours in December 2022/January 2023 and April 2023 witnessed intense battles on the cricket field, with both teams showcasing their prowess in Test matches, ODIs, and T20Is.

During the 2022-23 tour, the Test series ended in a draw while New Zealand emerged victorious in the ODI series with a 2-1 win. The subsequent T20I series in April 2023 ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, highlighting the competitive spirit between the two teams. Pakistan showcased dominance in ODIs, clinching the series with a commanding 4-1 victory.

Current Scenario:

In the recent past, Pakistan visited New Zealand earlier this year, facing a challenging defeat of 4-1 in the T20I series. However, the upcoming series on Pakistani soil presents an opportunity for redemption and resurgence for the home team.

The first three T20Is of the upcoming series are scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi, with the action then shifting to Lahore for the remaining matches. This strategic arrangement ensures cricket enthusiasts across different regions of Pakistan can witness the excitement firsthand.

Director of International Cricket:

Usman Wahla, the Director of International Cricket at PCB, emphasized the significance of the upcoming tour, highlighting the deep-rooted ties and mutual respect between PCB and New Zealand Cricket (NZC). He expressed confidence that the series will be fiercely competitive, serving as a crucial component of Pakistan’s preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup.

Conclusion:

As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the commencement of the T20I series, anticipation and excitement are at an all-time high. The upcoming matches promise to be a showcase of talent, skill, and sportsmanship, further strengthening the bonds between Pakistan and New Zealand in the realm of cricket.

Series schedule

        1. 14 April – New Zealand arrive in Pakistan
        2. 16-17 April – Training/practice
        3. 18 April – 1st T20I, Rawalpindi
        4. 20 April – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
        5. 21 April – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi
        6. 25 April – 4th T20I, Lahore
        7. 27 April – 5th T20I, Lahore
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadrihttp://wasimqadriblog.wordpress.com/
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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