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Afghanistan’s U19 World Cup warm-up matches cancelled due to visa glitches

Afghanistan’s warm-up matches ahead of the upcoming ICC Men’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup have been cancelled due to ‘delay in obtaining visas’, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced.

The global cricket governing body also announced that the warm-up matches for England and the UAE have been rescheduled.

Notably, the Afghanistan squad is yet to arrive in the West Indies, the venue for the showpiece event, due to delays in obtaining the necessary visas. The ICC further said that discussions attempting to resolve the issue are on.

The global body for also provided an update on the warm-up matches for England and the UAE saying: “The warm-up matches in St Kitts and Nevis against England at Warner Park on 10 January (tomorrow) and the 12 January fixture against the UAE at St Paul’s have both been cancelled. England will now play UAE at Conaree Cricket Centre on 11 January.”

“We have been working together with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and relevant stakeholders to try and find a resolution to the problem and allow the team to travel. In the meantime, we have rescheduled the warm-up fixtures to ensure the teams in the region are able to continue their preparation ahead of the start of the tournament on 14 January,’ said Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events in a statement.

Notably, the upcoming ICC Men’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup will be the seventh time when Afghanistan will participate in the event and thier best-ever finish in the t0urnament came in the 2018 edition in New Zealand, where they reached the semi-finals before going down to Australia.

In the upcoming edition of the showpiece tournament, which is slated to begin from January 14, Afghanistan are placed in Group C alongside Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.

A total of 16 teams are scheduled to compete in 48 matches over 22 days, with the final to be played on February 5.

Earlier, the New Zealand Under-19 team had decided to withdraw from the upcoming edition due to mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors they would have faced upon return from the tournament.

The Black Caps were then replaced by Scotland in competitive Group D, which also features hosts West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka.

The upcoming event will be played in the Caribbean for the first time in its 14-edition history and will begin with a contest between hosts West Indies and Australia on January 14. The final of the showpiece event will be held on February 5.

Defending champions Bangladesh is placed in Group A alongside England, Canada and UAE while four-time champions India, one of the most successful team in the event’s history, are placed with South Africa, Ireland and Uganda in Group B.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, PNG and Zimbabwe compose Group C.

As per the schedule, the tournament will be held across 10 venues in four countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

2022 T20 World Cup to be held across seven cities in Australia from Oct 16, announces ICC

The next edition of the T20 World Cup will be held across seven cities in Australia, the ICC has announced.

The showpiece event will kick off on October 16 while the final will be staged at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 13, which will be a night affair.

As per the announcement by the global cricket governing body, a total of 45 matches will be held across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and the first semi final will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on November 9 while the second one will be staged at the Adelaide Oval on November 10.

Hosts and newly-crowned T20 champions Australia will join 2021 runners-up New Zealand, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England and South Africa in the Super 12 stage of the tournament.

On the other hand, Namibia, Scotland, two-time winners West Indies and 2014 champions Sri Lanka will play in the first round where they will be joined by four more teams, which will be selected through the qualifiers.

Commenting on the development, ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We are looking forward to seeing the return of ICC events to Australia and are delighted to announce the seven host cities for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Following the success of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and a two year postponement, our sights are now firmly set on planning for the 2022 event in collaboration with the LOC.

“With 12 teams already confirmed in the line-up, we eagerly await the culmination of the qualification process to see which other teams will join them,” he added.

Recently after advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021, which was held in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka had confirmed their spot for the next edition of the showpiece 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 ICC had said recently.

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.

The just concluded edition of the T20 World Cup was son by the Aaron Finch-led Australia, which had defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on November 14.

Significantly, it was also the maiden T20 World Cup title for Australia,

Devon Conway ruled out of T20 World Cup final & white-ball series vs India

New Zealand’s Devon Conway has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup final against Australia and the subsequent T20I series in India after the batter broke his hand during the semifinal clash against England on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, his participation in the two-Test series against hosts India in December is also uncertain.

Significantly, Conway struck the bat with his hand after he was dismissed following which scans confirmed a break in his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.

Commenting on the development, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.”

“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover. Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” he added

Conway played six games in the ongoing T20 World Cup, amassing 129 runs at a strike rate of 108.40 for his team New Zealand, which had finished second in Group 2 to enter the semifinals.

In the semis, the Kane Williamson-led side defeated England in a thrilling affair by five wickets to book their place in the final.

The Black Caps will now be up against Australia, which defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Thursday in the second semi-final of the showpiece event.

New Zealand Cricket announces its summer schedule of 2022

New Zealand will host their neighbours Australia for a three-match T20I series in March next year, it has been announced ny New Zealand Cricket.

The series will be a part of the New Zealand summer. Significantly, both New Zealand and Australia are the finalists of the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE and will clash on November 14 in Dubai for the coveted trophy.

However, the T20I series in March is most likley to clash with the dates for Australia’s away Test series against hosts Pakistan and in such a scenario, the Aussie Test specialist like former skipper Steven Smith, opener David Warner, pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are likely to miss the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Before the T20I series, the two sides are also scheduled to play a three-match ODI series and a one-off T20I in January-February in Australia next year.

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) meanwhile, also announced the schedule for the men’s team two-Test series against Bangladesh, which will be held in January and the two Tests against South Africa in March next year.

Notably, all these four Tests will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

Moreover, the Black Caps will also host Netherlands in March-April for a one-off T20I and three ODIs. These three ODIs against Netherlands as well as those against Australia will be a part of the ICC ODI Super League.

NZC chief executive David White acknowledged the delay in announcing the summer schedule and said that it was inevitable for the board due to the impact of Covid-19 both in New Zealand and abroad, and the knock-on effects on international travel.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements. Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games,” White said in a statement.

“The India series is a crucial part of the WHITE FERNS’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the BLACKCAPS in terms of their World Test Championship defence. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the BLACKCAPS’ six ODIs carry similar significance,” he added.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements. Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games,” White further stated.

“The India series is a crucial part of the White Ferns’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the Blackcaps in terms of their World Test Championship defence. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the Blackcaps’ six ODIs carry similar significance,” added he.

The New Zealand women’s team, as per the announcement, will play against India in a home series in February which includes an one-off T20I and five ODIs and which will serve as a preparation for the Women’s 50-over World Cup, which will also take place in New Zealand in March-April 2022.

The Women’s World Cup was postponed by a year due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson ruled out of ongoing T20 World Cup

In what comes as a massive blow for New Zealand, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the ongoing T20 World Cup with a calf tear.

The 30-year-old has now been replaced in the 15-man-squad by right-arm pacer Adam Milne.

According to a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) statement, Ferguson felt tightness in his right calf following training Tuesday night with a subsequent MRI scan revealed a grade two tear which would require three to four weeks recovery.

“BLACKCAPS paceman Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE with a calf tear. Ferguson will be replaced in the 15-player tournament squad by Adam Milne subject to approval by the ICC Technical Committee,” NZC said in a tweet.

Commenting on it, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “It’s a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament and the entire team is really feeling for him right now.”

“He’s a massive part of our T20 side and has been in such good form – so to lose him at this time is a blow. However, we are fortunate to have a like for like replacement in the form of Adam Milne who has been with the squad training for the past two weeks,” he was quoted as saying NZC.

Earlier, Ferguson had played in the second game of New Zealand’s pre-tournament warm-up against England on October 20, where he had returned with figures of 1/19.

In the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ferguson had featured in eight games for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the UAE and had scalped 13 wickets with an economy of 7.46.

On the other side, Ferguson’s replacement in the side, Milne, had featured for Mumbai Indians (MI) and had bagged three wickets from as many games in the UAE leg of the cash-rich league.

New Zealand has begun their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Sarjah and have been asked to bat first. The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will next take on Team India, on Sunday (October 31) in Dubai.

The Kiwis will then take on Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan on November 3, 5 and 7 in Dubai, Sarjah and Abu Dhabi respectively.

T20 World Cup: Hardik Pandya declared fit, available for New Zealand Game

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been reportedly declared fit and would be now available for selection for the Men in Blue’s next T20 World Cup affair against New Zealand on Sunday (October 31).

Pandya had picked up the injury on his right shoulder in the blockbluster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on october 24 while batting following which the all-rounder was immediately rushed for precautionary scans and could not participate further in the game.

In his place, Ishan Kishan took the field for India against Pakistan.

It would now be interesting to see whether he will be included in the Playing XI as he has not been bowling in the recent times while his batting has also been not up to the mark.

Notably, several questions have been raised over Hardik, who has refrained from bowling since a long time and the all-rounder also didn’t bolwed a single over in the recently concluded season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

Later before the warm-up game against Australia, Rohit Sharma had said that Hardik might bowl against Pakistan.

“Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament,” Rohit had said at the toss for the warm-up match against Australia on October 20.

“We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a sixth bowler,” he had added.

However, Hardik didn’t bowled a single over against Pakistan as he had already left the field after being injured while batting.

He had himself confirmed before the start of the game that he won’t bowl.

“The back is fine, it was jittery, but I won’t be bowling for now. I want to be able to bowl eventually, closer to the knockouts. The professionals and I both have to take the call about when I can have a bowl,” Hardik had said ahead of the game against Pakistan.

With Hardik now bowling, India had missed the services of a sixth bowler as they suffered a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against Pakistan. Notably, it was also for the first time in World Cup history when India had tasted a defeat against Paksistan.

With the Virat Kohli-led Team India now aiming to beat New Zealand to keep their knockout hopes alive following the crushing defeat against Pakistan, it is most likley that the team management would opt for some change in the Playing XI on Sunday. As per reports, either Shardul Thakur or Ishan Kishan might get a chance in place of Hardik.

It is most likley that Shardul would be preferred over Ishan as he alowng with bowling, he can also be handy with the bat down the order.

After New Zealand, India will face Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi. The Men in Blue will then face Scotland and Namibia on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals of the showpiece event will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14 in Dubai.

Seniors expected to be rested for home T20I series against New Zealand

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likley to rest most of the senior players during the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin less than a week after the final of the T20 World Cup.

As per reports, it is most likley that a young team will feature in the three T20 matches. Reportedly, the Indians, who have impressed in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be given a chance in the series.

Team India will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively. The T20I series will be followed by two Tests, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

Several top Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have all been in bio-bubbles since the start of World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton earlier in June this year and would be handed much-needed rest.

The board is also thinking to rest these players and hand them a break so that they could rejuvenate themselves before the South Africa tour starting December end.

Uncapped players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer, who all have impressed in the 14th season of the cash-rich league, are in contention for the short series.

Meanwhile, with Ravi Shastri stepping down after the upcoming T20 World Cup, reports also suggest that current National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief and former India captain Rahul Dravid will be interim coach during New Zealand series.

Earlier in July this year, Dravid had served as the head coach of Team India during the tour of Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series as the main team was in England for the WTC Final against New Zealand under Ravi Shastri.

The Indian squad was led by Shikhar Dhawan during the Sri Lanka tour.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

The tour will kick-off with the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from December 17.

The Men in Blue will play their last game, the fourth and final T20I, on January 26 in Paarl’s Boland Park before heading home.

India controls world cricket, says Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Being the richest cricket board globally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) controls world cricket, Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Patron-in-Chief Imran Khan has said.

In an interview to the Middle East Eye, Khan was asked to comment on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to pull out of their recent Pakistan tour to which he said that he had seen the evolution of Pakistan-England cricket ties over the years.

“I think that there is still this feeling in England that they do a great favour to play with countries like Pakistan,” he added. “One of the reasons is that, obviously, the money,” Khan said.

Meanwhile, Khan also said that the BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world and so, no other country would dare to do to India what England did to Pakistan.

“Money is a big player now. For the players, as well as for the cricket boards. The money lies in India, so basically, India controls world cricket now. I mean, they do, whatever they say goes. No one would dare do that to India because they know that the sums involved, India can sort of produce much more money,” he opined.

“I think England let itself down,” Khan added.

Recently after New Zealand pulled out at the last minute from its Pakistan tour citing security concerns, the ECB had also scrapped their short tour to Pakistan a couple of days later.

Commenting on their decision, the ECB had said: “We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country.”

The England’s men and women teams were scheduled to play two T20Is in Rawalpindi on October 13 and 14. The women’s team were also due to play three ODIs in Pakistan on October 17, 19, and 21.

Before England, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had announced to abandon their Pakistan tour due to security concerns just few minutes before the first of the three ODIs in Rawalpindi.

Later, the PCB had released a statement saying that the NZC was “unilaterally suspending” the tour. On the other hand, Raja warned that the matter will be taken up before the International Cricket Council (ICC) very soon.

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

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team was 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.

New Zealand cricket team to depart from Pakistan today

The New Zealand team, which has called-off its Pakistan tour on security grounds, will reportedly depart on Saturday (September 18) in a chartered plane.

A chartered plane has been arranged for the Kiwis which will take them to New Zealand via the UAE and the Civil Aviation Authority has granted landing permission to the aircraft.

Earlier on Friday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had cancelled its tour of Pakistan on security grounds and had also informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of it.

Later, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had said that the safety of its players is paramount and meanwhile, supported NZC’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour.

“When I spoke with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I conveyed our thanks for taking care of the New Zealand Cricket team,” Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“I know how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead, but we totally support the decision that’s been made. Player safety has to be paramount,” she added.

On the other hand, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja slammed the Kiwi cricket board for pulling out of the series at the last minute on Friday.

The incident happened just few minutes before the first of the three ODIs in Rawalpindi.

Later, the PCB released a statement saying that the NZC was “unilaterally suspending” the tour. On the other hand, Raja warned that the matter will be taken up before the International Cricket Council (ICC) very soon.

“Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC,” Raja tweeted.

Earlier on Friday following a period of uncertainty and chaos caused by the delay of the first ODI apart from rumours of COVID-19 outbreak in the Kiwi camp, a statement from NZC was issued which said it was cancelling the ongoing tour on a security alert.

Commenting on the development, NZC said in a statement: “The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”

“Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure,” it added.

On the other hand, the PCB statement said: “Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series.”

“Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same. The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” it added.

Further elaborating, the statement said: “The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here.”

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

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team was 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.

The tour has been cancelled on basis of conspiracy: Pakistan’s Interior Minister

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Interior – Sheikh Rasheed believes that New Zealand authorities do not have any substantive proof of a threat in Pakistan and the tour was cancelled on the basis of a conspiracy.

Addressing a press conference after the Kiwis pulled out of Pakistan tour, Rasheed said that New Zealand took a unilateral decision even as they had Pakistan provided presidential security arrangements for the team.

Rasheed further said that New Zealand authorities did not have any evidence to support their claim of ‘security threat’ as the Pakistan army, security forces, and 4,000 police personnel were arranged for them.

“The prime minister was briefed on the matter. He then called New Zealand Prime Minister [Jacinda Ardern] and assured her that there was no security threat,” Rasheed said.

He further said that in a response to Imran Khan, New Zealand’s PM has said that there were reports that the team might be attacked once it steps out of the hotel.

“The security institution of Pakistan had not received reports of threats to the New Zealand cricket team. They took a unilateral decision to cancel their tour,” Rasheed said.

“The tour has been cancelled on the basis of a conspiracy. This is their [New Zealand] problem. The National Crises Management Cell and other institutions had tried to convince them, but New Zealand’s government has taken a unilateral decision,” he claimed.

“This conspiracy has been hatched to tarnish the image of Pakistan, as its image was going to build up due to the role it is playing for peace in the region,” he added.

Earlier, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had said that the safety of its players is paramount and meanwhile, supported New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) decision to pull out of its Pakistan tour.

“When I spoke with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I conveyed our thanks for taking care of the New Zealand Cricket team,” Ardern said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“I know how disappointing it will be for everyone that the game hasn’t gone ahead, but we totally support the decision that’s been made. Player safety has to be paramount,” she added.

Meanwhile, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja slammed the Kiwi cricket board for pulling out of the series at the last minute on Friday.

The incident happened just few minutes before the first of the three ODIs in Rawalpindi when NZC decided to pull out citing security concerns.

Later, the PCB released a statement saying that the NZC was “unilaterally suspending” the tour. On the other hand, Raja warned that the matter will be taken up before the International Cricket Council (ICC) very soon.

“Crazy day it has been! Feel so sorry for the fans and our players. Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it’s not shared!! Which world is NZ living in??NZ will hear us at ICC,” Raja tweeted.

Earlier in the day following a period of uncertainty and chaos caused by the delay of the first ODI apart from rumours of COVID-19 outbreak in the Kiwi camp, a statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was issued which said it was cancelling the ongoing tour on a security alert.

Commenting on the development, NZC said in a statement: “The side was to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five match T20 series. However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.”

“Arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure,” it added.

On the other hand, the PCB statement said: “Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series.”

“Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same. The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” it added.

Further elaborating, the statement said: “The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan Government throughout their stay here.”

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

Notably, the Kiwi cricket team was 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.