- Pakistan will now play 19 T20Is in the build-up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024
- Pakistan’s women’s T20I and ODI schedule against New Zealand has also been confirmed
- The Urdu version of the press release is attached here
Lahore, Jul 18, 2023: The Pakistan Cricket Board announced today that its men’s team will play an additional 10 T20I games against New Zealand in the 2023-24 season as part of its strategic decision to provide the best preparation opportunities for the Men’s ICC T20 World Cup 2024.
After three ICC World Test Championship matches in Australia from December 14 to January 7, Pakistan will travel to New Zealand for five T20Is, kicking off their T20 World Cup preparations. These matches will be played from January 12 to 21.
The time is:
Jan 12 – 1street T20I, Auckland
Jan 14 – 2North Dakota T20I, Hamilton
Jan 17 – 3rd T20I, Dunedin
Jan 19 – 4he T20I, Christchurch
Jan 21 – 5he T20I, Christchurch
In turn, New Zealand will make a return visit to Pakistan in April 2024 for five T20Is to fill the vacant window. Details of the series will be released closer to time.
The additional series will mean that in the run-up to the T20 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the West Indies and the US in June 2024, Pakistan will play 19 T20Is (10 against New Zealand, three against the Netherlands, two against Ireland and four against England). In addition to the 19 international matches, the PCB will also host its own HBL Pakistan Super League 2024 in February/March 2024.
To schedule the additional T20Is, the Pakistan Cricket Board, in consultation with Cricket West Indies and New Zealand Cricket, has made minor changes to its 2023-2025 Future Tour Schedule.
The two ICC World Test Championship matches against the West Indies, originally planned in Pakistan in February 2024, will now take place in January 2025. Likewise, the tour from Pakistan to New Zealand for three ODIs and five T20Is, originally scheduled for January 2025, it will now take place in April 2025.
Pakistan and New Zealand recently played a highly competitive and entertaining five-match T20I series in April/May in Lahore and Rawalpindi, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Prior to the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Pakistan had submitted and won the T20I series in Christchurch with Bangladesh as the third team.
New Zealand and Pakistan sit third and fourth, respectively, in the ICC T20I Team Rankings with just two points separating them.
ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25
Meanwhile, the match schedule of the Pakistan women’s cricket team in New Zealand has also been confirmed.
The team will play three T20I games in Dunedin and Queenstown from December 3-9, before taking on New Zealand in three ODIs of the 2022-25 ICC Women’s Championship from December 12-18 in Queenstown and Christchurch.
The time is:
Dec 3 – 1street T20I, Dunedin
Dec 5 – 2North Dakota T20I, Dunedin
Dec 9 – 3rd T20I, Queenstown
December 12 – 1street ODI, Queenstown (ICC Women’s Championship)
Dec 15 – 2North Dakota ODI, Christchurch (ICC Women’s Championship)
Dec 18 – 3rd ODI, Christchurch (ICC Women’s Championship)
The ICC Women’s Championship series against New Zealand will be the third of the year for Pakistan after their home series against South Africa in Karachi from September 1-14 and October’s away series against Bangladesh. Their last two series in the ICC Women’s Championship will be against the West Indies (home, April 2024) and England (away, May 2024).
Pakistan have played three series to date, beating Sri Lanka (2-1) and Ireland (3-0), and losing (3-0) to Australia. Both Pakistan and New Zealand have played three series of nine ODIs each and have 10 points each.
Revised Future Tours Program for Pakistan Men 2023-2025 (all tests count towards the ICC World Test Championship 2023-2025)
July: Pakistan to Sri Lanka (two tests) (ongoing)
August: Pakistan to Afghanistan (three ODIs)
September: ACC 50-over Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka
October/November: ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023
December/January: Pakistan to Australia (three tests)
January: Pakistan to New Zealand (5T20Is)
April: New Zealand to Pakistan (5 T20I)
May: Pakistan to the Netherlands (three T20Is), Ireland (two T20Is), and England (four T20Is)
June – ICC Men’s T20 World Cup USA/West Indies 2024
August: Bangladesh in Pakistan (two tests)
October – England at Pakistan (three Tests)
November: Pakistan to Australia (three ODIs and three T20Is)
November/December: Pakistan to Zimbabwe (three ODIs and three T20Is)
December/January: Pakistan to South Africa (two tests, three ODIs, three T20I)
January: West Indies in Pakistan (two tests)
February: New Zealand and South Africa at Pakistan (tri ODI series)
February/March – ICC Champions Trophy Pakistan 2025
April: Pakistan to New Zealand (three ODIs and five T20Is)
May: Bangladesh at Pakistan (three ODIs and three T20Is)