Before ICC Cricket World Cup 2022-22, the Newezeland Cricket team came to Pakistan for a bilateral series to be held in Garrison City, Rawalpindi. New Zealand team practiced here at Rawalpindi Cricket Ground and spent five days, but minutes before the First ODI Match, the NZ Cricket team refused to play matches amid baseless threats of attack. Despite being assured by the Security forces of Pakistan, Government Officials, and even Prime Minister Imran Khan called Jacinda Ardern, Newzeland Cricket Board canceled the tour. This Shameful Act of the Newzeland Circuit Board and Government of Newzeland was severely criticized by the general public, Pakistani and International Cricket Players. Following the decision of the New Zealand Board, English Cricket Board (ECB) canceled their tour too. The cancellation of both England and NZ tours impacted Pakistani Cricket badly. It looked like the fake threats and propaganda were created by Indian Agencies to stop International Cricket Activities in Pakistan (According to the Information and Interior Ministry of Pakistan).
PAK vs NZ 2022-2023 Scehdule
After Dialogues between Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja and New Zealand Chairperson Martin Snedden, both parties agreed to follow the following schedule:
- New Zealand will tour twice Pakistan, once in Dec-Jan 2023 and then in August 2023
- The First Half of the Newelsend tour will comprise of three PAK vs. NZ tests and 2 ODIs
- Newland will return to Pakistan in August 2023 and play 5 T20Is and 5 ODIs.
Pakistan Cricket Board is hopeful of hosting many other Cricketing Nations in the following years.