Pakistan will tour New Zealand to play three T20Is and two test-matches

Pakistan will tour New Zealand to play three T20Is and two test-matches from December 18, 2020 to January 7, 2021. 

Mount Maunganui will hold the first test from December 26-30, before the two teams head down to Christchurch for the second test to be played from January 3-7.

In the ICC World Test Championship, fourth-placed New Zealand leads fifth-placed Pakistan by 14 points but New Zealand has played one series less than Pakistan. A maximum of 120 points will be up for grabs (60 points for a win) in the series as both sides aim to narrow the gap with front-runners India (360 points), Australia (296 points) and England (292 points).

The two ICC World Test Championship matches will be played at the back of three T20Is, which will be staged in Auckland (December 18), Hamilton (December 20) and Napier (December 22).

In the ICC T20I Team Rankings, fourth-ranked Pakistan (261 points) leads sixth-ranked New Zealand by 19 points. Australia leads the pack with 275 points, followed by England (271) and India (266).

New Zealand hosted Pakistan in 13 test series since 1965, with Pakistan enjoying a 7-2 advantage. Pakistan’s last series win was in 2011, but New Zealand came out on top by a comfortable 2-0 margin when the two sides met in 2016. In the 31 tests between the two sides in New Zealand, Pakistan enjoys a 10-7 advantage.

The Pakistan cricket team will depart on November 23 from Lahore and, as per New Zealand government regulations, undergo a 14-day quarantine period in Lincoln. During this period, they will be restricted to the bio-secure bubble and will not be allowed to take part in any cricket-related activity.

Before their departure for Auckland and as part of standard Covid-19 protocols, the players and player support personnel will undergo mandatory testing in Lahore.

Along with senior side, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will also send Pakistan Shaheens’ squad to New Zealand as part of the players’ development and exposure. The series schedule and total players and player support personnel comprising the two squads will be finalised and announced in due course by PCB.

Schedule is as under:

December 18 – 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland (1200 PST)

December 20 – 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton (1200 PST)

December 22 – 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier (1200 PST)

December 26-30 – 1st Test, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (0400 PST)

January 3-7 – 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0400 PST)

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