PCB accepts New Zealand’s proposal of white-ball series in 2024

The series will be played after conclusion of Pakistan’s tour of Australia

June 04, 2023
The series could comprise of five T20Is or three ODI matches — PCB

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to play a white-ball series against New Zealand next year, according to sources.

The series, which will be played in New Zealand, could comprise of five T20Is or three ODI matches.

New Zealand have offered to play the series after conclusion of Pakistan’s tour of Australia in January 2024. The three-match Test series will conclude on January 7.

The series between Pakistan and New Zealand could begin in the second week of January since the latter has a free window before its home series against South Africa in February. 

New Zealand recently toured Pakistan in April-May for a five-match ODI series and as many T20Is. 

Pakistan comprehensively won the ODI series 4-1. However, the Black Caps shocked the home side by squaring a preceding five-match T20 series 2-2 despite missing eight players — including skipper Kane Williamson — due to the Indian Premier League or injury.

Under stand-in skipper Tom Latham, New Zealand adapted to the conditions skillfully, roaring back from 2-0 down to win the third and fifth matches, with the fourth abandoned after rain.

The tour came as something of compensation for New Zealand pulling out of their visit to Pakistan on the day of the first game in September 2021, citing security concerns.

The Black Caps played two Tests and three ODIs in Pakistan in December-January as well. 

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.