The New Zealand Cricket has finalized their series schedule against Pakistan in which they will play three T20Is and two Tests starting from December 18, 2020 to January 7, 2021. No changes are made from the original Future Tour Programme for this series.
All five matches will be played at different venues. Auckland, Hamilton and Napier will host the three T20Is to be played on December 18, 20 and 22, while Mount Maungunui hosts the Boxing Day Test and the second and final Test will be played at The Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which begins on January 3rd.
The Pakistan squad will enter a two-week quarantine period once they reach New Zealand in the last week of November in accordance with Covid-19 protocols mandated by the New Zealand government. However, Pakistan won’t need to spend their time in a bio-secure bubble.
“It’s always a pleasure to host the Pakistan cricket team in New Zealand and I know there will be a lot of interest in the Test and T20 series,” NZC chief executive, David White, said.
“Pakistan touring sides have been coming here since 1965 and many New Zealanders have grown up watching the likes of Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and of course, the great Imran Khan in action. I’m sure the squads coming out here this summer will be similarly steeped in talent and class and will continue the great legacy that is Pakistan cricket.”
“New Zealand boast some outstanding cricket facilities with supportive and knowledgeable crowds,” PCB director international cricket, Zakir Khan said.
“Pakistan have always enjoyed touring New Zealand and have performed well there, and we look forward to similar performances from our side on this tour.”
The Test series will be the part of the ICC World Test Championship and as of today, Pakistan sits at fifth place with 166 points while New Zealand sits at fourth with 18o points. India leads the table with 360 points.
“New Zealand series will be our penultimate series in the ICC World Test Championship with the last series against South Africa at home following this tour. We remain optimistic and committed to finishing on a high in the Championship as it is our endeavor to become one of the top-performing Test playing nations.”
A press release from the PCB revealed that Pakistan A side, Pakistan Shaheens, will also travel to New Zealand. The details on their departure and their schedule are yet to be announced.
18 Dec – 1st T20I at Eden Park, Auckland
20 Dec – 2nd T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton
22 Dec – 3rd T20I at McLean Park, Napier
26-30 Dec – 1st Test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
3-7 Jan – 2nd Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch