New Zealand team Arrives In Pakistan for Test & ODI Matches
December 23, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
A year after cancelling their tour due to a security concern, the New Zealand cricket team returned to Pakistan on Thursday to play two Test matches and three one-day internationals.
The arrival of the Kiwis follows England’s rout of Pakistan at home in a three-match Test series, which resulted in the dismissal of the host country’s cricket board president.
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When they failed to show up to Rawalpindi Stadium in September of last year and said they were leaving, New Zealand deeply infuriated Pakistan.
After Australia’s well-received tour in March, which was followed by two trips from England, they delayed the visit.
The trip will begin on Monday in Karachi with the first Test, which will include the current 15-man New Zealand side, which is coached by seasoned fast bowler Tim Southee.
On January 3, the second Test will begin at Multan. On January 10, 12, and 14, one-day internationals will be played in Karachi.
Hasan Ali, a fast bowler, was recalled to the 16-man Pakistani Test team on Wednesday.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, the team’s spearhead, is sidelined with a knee injury.
Pakistan will have the opportunity to improve during the Test series against New Zealand following an embarrassing loss to England.
When a bomb went off outside their hotel in Karachi in 2002, killing 14 people including French naval personnel, New Zealand had to end their tour. In 2003, they went back but skipped the massive port city.
The attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 made Pakistan a no-go location for international cricket, requiring Pakistan to play home matches at neutral locations, mostly in the United Arab Emirates.
But after significant security upgrades in 2015, international cricket has slowly resumed, and this year has been a busy home season with visits from Australia, England, and New Zealand.
New Zealand Squad:
Tim Southee (captain), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, and Will Young are the members of the New Zealand team.
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