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Bangladesh include uncapped Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman for Chittagong Test against Pakistan

Hosts Bangladesh have called up uncapped batsman Mahmudul Hasan and pace bowler Rejaur Rahman for first match of the Alesha Holdings two-match Test series against Pakistan, starting on November 26 in Chittagong.

Under-19 World Cup winner Mahmudul, 21, was included in the Test squad after he had a promising start to his first-class career as he smashed couple of back-to-back hundreds in the the last two rounds of the National Cricket League (NCL).

On the other hand, pacer Rejaur, who has represented the BCB High Performance and Emerging Teams, had a decent outing in first-class cricket, where he he has scalped 33 wickets from just 10 matches.

Commenting on the Inclusion of Hasan and Raja, BCB Chairman National Selection Panel Minhajul Abedin said: “It is still early days for him but Mahmudul has showed good temperament for the longer version. He is also an in-form batsman. With injury concerns to Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam), we needed to keep our pace bowling options open and Raja got the nod.”

“We have been monitoring his performances in first class competitions. He is strong and energetic and has a knack for taking wickets,” he added.

Further speaking on the balance of the team, Abedin said: “There is a fair bit of experience if you consider that Mominul (Haque), Mushfiqur (Rahim), Shakib, Taijul (Islam) and Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) are all part of the squad. We will obviously have to wait to see if Shakib makes it for the first Test but these players have been the most consistent performers for us in Tests and their presence can make a difference.”

“We have options in the spin department as well as in pace. The team for the first Test is made up of cricketers who have been playing together regularly and they know the demands of Test matches. Pakistan are a formidable team but we are confident that Bangladesh will be competitive if we are disciplined and patient.”

On the other hand, Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is also included in the squad but will have his fitness assessed before being considered for the first Test, the BCB said in a statement.

Significantly, Pakistan won the preceding three-match T20 series 3-0.

The second and final Test of the series will be held in Dhaka from Decemebr 4.

Bangaldesh Squad:

Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan (subject to fitness)

FanCode to exclusively live-stream Pakistan tour of Bangladesh in India

FanCode, India’s premier digital sports destination for all fans, will exclusively live-stream all matches of Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh commencing on Friday with the first match of the T20I series at Sher-E-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.

The second and third fixture will be played on November 20 and 22 at the same venue.

The digital exclusive rights will also include two Test matches, first in Chattogram from November 26 followed by a return to Dhaka for the 2nd Test starting December 4.

This will be Pakistan’s first tour to Bangladesh since 2015 and the two-match Test series will be the part of the ICC World Test Championship points table.

The tour will be live-streamed on the FanCode App and www.fancode.com. For all cricket fans across India, FanCode will provide a comprehensive match experience through interactive live streaming with customizable data overlays, fastest interactive live match scores, muti-media live commentary, match highlights, and so on.

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Recently, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had formed a two-member committee, comprising board directors Enayet Husain Siraj and Jalal Yunus, to review the national team’s performance in the just concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

”The committee has been entrusted with taking the views of Bangladesh squad members (Players and Team Management) and relevant stakeholders to assess why the team could not deliver the expected performance in the event and share its findings with the board,” the BCB had said in a statement.

Notably, the Mohammaed Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh side failed to register a single victory from their five games in the Super 12 stage while they also lost to minnows Scotland in the qualifiers.

Despite defeating Australia and New Zealand in home T20I series before the start of the showpiece event, the Bangla Tigers put up a below-par show in the World Cup.

Bangaldesh was only able to register wins against new comers Oman and Papua New Guinea in Al Amerat in the qualifiying round by 26 and 84 runs respectively.

After finishing the qualifying round at the second spot behind Scotland in Group B, the Bangla Tigers somehow managed to enter the Super 12 round.

Placed in the Group 1 of the Super 12 stage, Bangladesh lost all their league games against England, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. They finished the Super 12 stage without any win, placed at the bottom of the points table.

To further add to their miseries, Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of in the latter part of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. Notably, Shakib had picked up the injury in his left leg during the contest against West Indies on October 29 and following a 48-hour observation period, the team’s medical staff decided to rule him out of the showpiece event.

On the other hand, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan made to the semi-finals of the showpiece event before going down against champions Australia. The Green Brigade had earlier, won all of their five games in the Super 12 stage,

Quarantine rules relaxed for Pakistan team for upcoming Bangladesh tour

The quarentine rules for the touring Pakistan team have been relaxed for their upcoming series against hosts Bangladesh however, a mandatory COVID-19 test will be in place.

Recently, the Bangladesh government had prepared a list of countries to define their position in Covid-19 as per which both Pakistan and UAE are in the green zone following which the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided not to have any room quarantine for the series, which will begin on November 19.

Earlier, a three-day room quarantine was mandatory in all the series since February- March 2020 after which various teams like West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand had served the mandatory rules.

“After arriving in Dhaka, they (Pakistan) will undergo Covid-19 test in their rooms and they can start their practice immediately after passing the test,” BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“There will be no quarantine for the Bangladesh team as well but all the cricketers need to have both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine,” he added.

Chowdhury further said: “They will also undergo Covid-19 test after entering the team hotel and can start practicing after testing negative. The rules are the same for everyone even if any member is included from outside the squad, he will have to follow the same process considering it will take just 12 hours to get test result (corona test).”

He also said that there would be more relaxed bio-bubble rules in place for the upcoming series.

Few days back, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury had reportedly said that the board is hoping to allow fans back in the stadium, up to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity, during the upcoming home series against Pakistan.

Notably, fans have been barred from the stadium in any international game in Bangladesh due to the Covid-19 situation. However, Chowdhury said that the BCB is thinking to allow atleast 50 percent crowd but the last decision will be taken by the government.

“We are hopeful to have fifty percent fans in the ground subject to the government approval. The fans need to be vaccinated. As children are yet to be vaccinated, they are unlikely to be allowed to see the matches from the gallery in the Pakistan series,” Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz..

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan is scheduled to play two Tests and three T20 matches in Bangladesh during the tour, which will begin on November 19 in Dhaka.

While the T20I matches will be played on November 19, 20, and 22 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, the opening Test will be held from November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram and the second and final Test will be held from December 4 in Dhaka.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan cricket team is likely to travel to Bangladesh directly from the UAE after the ongoing T20 World Cup final at the Dubai Sports City Stadium on November 14.

Earlier, the Bangladesh cricket team had toured Pakistan in January 2020 for a three-match T20I series. Hosts Pakistan had won the series 2-0 with a game being abandoned due to rain.

Bangladesh is next slated to face South Africa at home in March next year. The two sides will play three ODIs and two Tests.

T20 World Cup: Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib ruled out of remainder of tournament

Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup owing to a hamstring injury.

As per reports, the extent of Shakib’s injury is still unknown. The all-rounder’s participation in the upcoming home series against Pakistan, beginning on November 19, is uncertain and the picture will be clear after a report from Bangladesh physiotherapist Julian Calefato.

Confirming the development, chief physician of the Bangaldesh Cricket Board (BCB) Debashish Chowdhury said: “Shakib sustained a left lower hamstring strain while fielding during the match against the West Indies. In clinical examination it was diagnosed as an injury of Grade 1 intensity.”

“He is ruled out from participation in the last two matches of the tournament and until further review,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

The 34-year-old all-rounder hasn’t been upto the expectations as he not only failed with the bat but also managed merely couple of wickets in the showpiece event so far.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh-based website ‘bdcrictime’ quoted an unnamed team source as saying that the all-rounder will now fly to the United States to be with his family.

“Shakib’s injury did not heal. He is unlikely to play in the next two matches. Shakib will leave the team hotel tomorrow or the day after tomorrow’s match. He will move to his family in the USA,” the source was quoted as saying by the website.

Notably Shakib had sustained the injury on Friday during the contest against West Indies, which the Bangla Tigers lost by three runs.

The Mohammad Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh side will now play South Africa on November 2 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi before taking on Australia on November 4 in Dubai.

They are currently placed at the bottom of Group 1, having lost all three of their Super 12 games so far.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin was also ruled out of the ongoing T20 World Cup with a back pain.

Saifuddin, 24, was later replaced in the 15-man Bangaldesh squad by senior fast bowler Rubel Hossain.

According to a Bangladesh team official, Saifuddin had complained of pain on the left side of his back after the last game against Sri Lanka.

Notably, Saifuddin had issues with his back at the 2019 World Cup as well.

Earlier, Saifuddin had scalped four wickets in the three games he played in the qualifying round of the showpiece event. He had returned with figures of 1/38 in Bangaldesh loss to Sri Lanka in the first game of the Super 12 round.

Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka qualifiy for 2022 T20 World Cup

After advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, currently underway in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka have also confirmed their spot for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, scheduled to be held in Australia.

Namibia, the story of Round 1, have qualified for the ‘Super 12s’ in their first ever T20 World Cup and will now return for the event in Australia in 12 months’ time. They are joined by Bangladesh, Scotland and Sri Lanka, confirming 12 out of the 16 spots for the World Cup.

Afghanistan, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and hosts Australia, had already qualified for the 2022 showpiece, gaining direct entry to the Super 12 of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 by virtue of being inside the top-eight on the Men’s T20 Rankings at the cut-off prior to the postponed 2020 event.

The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement late on Sunday.

Commenting on the development, ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have already seen some incredibly competitive cricket in round one of the Men’s T20 World Cup culminating in Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka taking their positions in the Super 12s and therefore qualifying for Australia 2022.”

“Namibia and Scotland in particular have provided us with some great stories over the past two weeks reinforcing T20 cricket as the global growth vehicle of the sport. We look forward to seeing which four teams will secure the remaining spots for Australia 2022 through the two global qualifiers next year,” he added.

On the other hand, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Michelle Enright said: “We congratulate Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka on qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. We can’t wait to welcome all the teams and their fans for an unmissable celebration of cricket and culture this time next year.”

“We will be following the upcoming global qualifying events with interest to see who can make it through to claim the final four places at next year’s event,” he added.

“For the 12 automatic qualifiers there is still plenty to play for in this tournament in terms of Australia 2022. Teams can secure their spot in the Australia 2022 Super 12s, by finishing as either winner or runner up of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 or as one of the next six highest ranked teams (as of November 15, 2021),” the ICC statement read further.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.

In the ongoing edition of the showpiece event, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are placed in the Group 1 of the Super 12 along with England, Australia, South Africa and defending champions West Indies.

Namibia and Scotland on the other hand, are placed in Group 2 along with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Theekshana to miss campaign opener against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana will miss his side’s opening match of the ongoing T20 World Cup against Bangladesh in ‘Super 12’ Group 1 of the showpiece event in Sharjah on Sunday (October 24) due to a back strain.

The back strain injury happened during Sri Lanka’s qualifying Group A match against the Netherlands and had some discomfort while bowling on Friday.

The 21-year-old youngster was his team’s most impressive bowler during Round 1 of the T20 World Cup as he had picked eight wickets from just three matches. He also played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s much-needed win over the Netherlands, in the islanders last Qualifier game.

Theekshana picked up two top-order wickets of Netherlands and helped his side bundle out their opponents at a paltry 44.

Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa confirmed the development that the spinner has a side strain and the team management won’t risk him playing against Bangladesh in their openeing game of the Super 12 stage on Sunday.

“The physios have said the decision might be probably to leave him for the next game,” Bhanuka Rajapaksa was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.

“We don’t want to risk it by playing him and then him not playing in the rest of the series. For the moment he will be missing the next game as far as I know. It’s not 100 percent decided yet, but most probably, he will miss the first game and then play the rest of the games,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka also announced on Saturday that Theekshana will be missing Sunday’s match against Bangladesh however, he also said that the condition of the youngster was “OK”.

He further said that Theekshana, who had already scalped eight wickets in the first three qualifying games, will be playing in the games post the Bangladesh contest.

In their game against Netherlands, the Sri Lanka pacers — Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, and Chamika Karunaratne — also bowled decently along with Theekshana. Rajapaksa meanwhile, said that the spinners complemented the pacers well.

“I think it’s such a benefit having two bowlers who are bowling above 90mph. Any batsman, they get shook because bowling at 145 [kph] plus and not having any room, just bowling in good areas, it’s always difficult as a batsman to get over,” he opined.

Significantly, Theekshana is the second-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing T20 World Cup after Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan.

Theekshana, who has been termed as the new Ajantha Mendis, has scalped eight wickets so far. While he picked three wickets each against Namibia and Ireland, he later returned with impressive figures of 2/3 against the Netherlands in the final qualifying game on Friday.

After winning all their three games against Namibia, Ireland and Netherlands, Sri Lanka secured a comfortable place in the Super 12 of Group 1.

The islanders are now placed in the group along with Australia, South Africa, two-time T20 World Cup champions West Indies, Bangladesh and England.

After Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will be up against Australia on October 28 in Dubai before facing South Africa and England in Sharjah on October 20 and November 1 respectively. The islanders will take on the Windies in their last group game in Abu Dhabi on November 4.

New Zealand’s Tom Blundell ruled out of Pakistan ODI series

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell has been ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan.

The right-hander will miss the ODI series with a left-quad strain which he had sustained during the fourth T20I against Bangladesh recently. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who was initially joining the side for the T20I series, will now assemble with the New Zealand ODI squad.

However, Mitchell will only be available only from the second ODI as he will have to complete the mandatory isolation.

“Obviously everyone is gutted for Tom, he’s a quality player with a diverse skill-set,” stand-in coach Glenn Pocknall said in a team statement on Thursday.

“He’ll remain with the squad and we’re hopeful he’ll be available again for the T20I series. With Tom out, we do lose our first choice back-up wicket-keeping option. However, there are several guys in the squad with keeping experience and we’ll ensure they do the necessary work at training to be up to speed if called upon,” he added.

On the other hand, New Zealand physio Nishil Shah said: “Tom’s been working hard since the injury in Bangladesh. The injury’s not quite where we want it so we think it’s best for him to concentrate on his rehab given the big summer of cricket ahead.”

The three-match ODI series will begin on September 17 in Rawalpindi, and will be followed by five T20Is.

The three ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs.

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team will be touring Pakistan after a long gap of 18 years.

Earlier, New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan was cut short in 2002 after a bomb explosion outside the team’s hotel in Karachi.

After completing their Bangladesh tour, the New Zealand cricket team landed in Pakistan on a chartered plane of Bangladesh’s Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at the Islamabad airport on September 11.

New Zealand had last played an ODI series in Pakistan in 2003.

Earlier in August, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had confirmed the Black Caps tour to Pakistan.

“Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket. The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country,” Khan had said.

“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality. With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country,” he had added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White had commented: “We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season. New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB.”

“It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country,” he added.

Dhaka Premier League to return to traditional 50-over format, announces BCB

The upcoming edition of Dhaka Premier League (DPL), the traditional Dhaka-club based 50-over tournament, will return to its old format, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced.

Earlier, the 2019-20 season of the DPL was postponed on March, last year after just one completed round of matches due to Covid-19 outbreak in Bangladesh following which the BCB scrapped the edition and re-launched it in T20 format.

The move to switch format was also done with an eye to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled in the UAE and Oman in October.

”Certainly (DPL will be played in 50-over format). Last year what happened is that we had very little time and in a day we played three to four games which is not usual. DPL is our main List A tournament and there is tradition involved with it, so naturally the next edition of DPL will be played in 50-over format,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, a BCB wing entrusted with the duty of completing the tournament, told reporters.

”We are thinking about arranging DPL in March-April next year,” he added.

Inam further informed that the board is aiming to begin the lower tier Dhaka-club based tournaments from November as there was no first, second or third division cricket in the country after the Covid outbreak.

”The first division, second division, and the third division leagues (that was postponed following the corona outbreak) are important for us. We have talked with all the coordinators as we want to start those leagues from November-December, this year,” said Inam.

”We’ve decided to call all the clubs (lower tier) in the coming week to fix the dates of respective competition. ‘Look there is no lockdown and everything is starting to open up like school and colleges but still there is a health protocol guideline of the government. In the lower tier leagues we will see what kind of health protocol and if there is any instruction by the government in this regard,” he concluded.

Since its inauguration in 1974–75 the league has been the premier club cricket competition in Bangladesh. It gained List A status starting with the 2013–14 tournament, thus superseding the National Cricket League One-Day as Bangladesh’s main List A competition.

In the years from 1974–75 to 2011–12, Abahani Limited won the championship 17 times. Other winners were Mohammedan Sporting Club nine times, Biman Bangladesh Airlines five times, Victoria Sporting Club four times, Old DOHS Sports Club twice and Brothers Union once. There was no tournament in 2012–13.

To commemorate the centenary of the birth of the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the 2019–20 season of the league was named “Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2019-20”.

Pakistan to tour Bangladesh after T20 World Cup: BCB CEO

The Pakistan cricket team will tour Bangladesh just after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup concludes, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said.

Chowdhury said that the Pakistan cricket team will play all three formats of the game during their tour, scheduled to begin in November, of Bangladesh.

He however, said that the BCB is still in talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to finalise the schedule for the tour.

“The Pakistan series will happen right after the [T20] World Cup. The cricket operations department is in talks with the Pakistan board to finalise the details. All formats will be included, there will be more ODIs and Tests,” Chowdhury told mediapersons.

As per Chowdhury, the Pakistan cricket team will arrive in Dhaka on November 15 for the series.

Earlier, the Bangladesh cricket team had toured Pakistan in January 2020 for a three-match T20I series. Hosts Pakistan had won the series 2-0 with a game being abandoned due to rain.

Bangladesh is next slated to face South Africa at home in March next year. The two sides will play three ODIs and two Tests.

Earlier on Monday, the PCB had made a couple of mega recruitments ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 by signing in former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and former South Africa pacer Vernon Philander as batting and bowling coach respectively for the showpiece event.

The announcement was made in Ramiz Raja’s presser after he took over as PCB’s chairman.

Recently, Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis had stepped down from their roles following which the PCB had roped in Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq as interim coaches for the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

One of the most destructive openers, Hayden was a part of Australia’s T20 World Cup squad in 2007.

Hayden has played nine T20Is, scoring 308 runs with strike-rate of 143.92.

The 49-year-old has also featured in 103 Tests and 161 ODIs for Australia.

On the other hand, South Africa’s Philander didn’t have a long white-ball career for his national side however, he was a part of the 2007 T20 WC team.

From seven T20Is, Philander, a right-arm pacer, has picked four wickets.

In Tests, he scalped 224 wickets from 64 matches before caliing it a day in 2020.

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan side will begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a blockbluster clash against arch-rivals India on October 24.

Kiwi cricketers to be exempted from Covid tests at Pakistan airports

The New Zealand cricket team will be exempted from Covid-19 test at all airports in Pakistan after they arrive to play an ODI and Twenty20 series against the hosts on September 11.

The Civil Aviation Authority ( CAA) of Pakistan has exempted the Kiwi cricket team from the necessary Covid-19 test at all airports in the country after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had urged the authority to do so.

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team will be touring Pakistan after a long gap of 18 years.

Earlier, New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan was cut short in 2002 after a bomb explosion outside the team’s hotel in Karachi.

New Zealand had last played an ODI series in Pakistan in 2003.

“Approval is hereby accorded in respect of New Zealand cricket team, with details mentioned in the enclosed documents(s), for travel to Pakistan without Rapid Antigen Testing upon arrival in Pakistan,” CAA said in its letter.

After completing their ongoing Bangladesh tour, the New Zealand cricket team will fly to Pakistan on a chartered plane of Bangladesh’s Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight and land at the Islamabad airport on September 11.

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s federal cabinet had approved the security plan for the series.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said that “extraordinary” security would be provided to the New Zealand team, as an unfortunate incident had occurred during their last tour to Pakistan.

The three ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs..

While the ODIs will be held at Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium on September 17, 19, and 21, the historic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will stage the five T20Is between September 25 to October 3.

Earlier in August, PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had confirmed the Black Caps tour to Pakistan.

“Series against a top-ranked side like New Zealand will be a perfect start to a mouth-watering and highly-exciting home season of red and white-ball cricket. The 2019 World Cup finalists, who are also the World Test champions and ranked third in T20Is, will draw tremendous attraction and interest from the local fans, and will reinforce Pakistan’s status as a safe and secure country,” Khan had said.

“I am pleased New Zealand Cricket has accepted our offer to play two additional Twenty20 Internationals. These will not only provide extra games to both the countries as part of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup preparations, but will also allow New Zealand players to spend extra days in Pakistan, familiarise with our culture and enjoy our hospitality. With leading cricket playing countries resuming their tours to Pakistan in 2019, I remain confident and optimistic that the 2021-22 season starting with the series against New Zealand will prove to be a catalyst in rejuvenating our talented youngsters while attracting new fans to the game that has the most passionate following in the country,” he had added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive David White had commented: “We’re very much looking forward to returning to Pakistan for the start of their home international season. New Zealand was the first country outside India to tour Pakistan and we share a close relationship with the PCB.”

“It’s great that, after such a difficult time for Pakistan, international cricket is again being played in the country,” he added.