Pakistan’s Tour To New Zealand: A Look At The Schedule

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Pakistan's Babar Azam walks from the field after being caught with LBW as New Zealand players celebrate during the first one day international cricket match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Basin Reserve in Wellington on January 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE

Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand has received the green signal from the government of the host nation and hence, here is a look at the complete schedule and the significance of the tour.

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The T20 Leg Of Pakistan’s Tour To New Zealand

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The green shirts will commence the tour with a 3 match T20 series. The games then will be played as per the schedule given below.

18 Dec – 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland
20 Dec – 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton
22 Dec – 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier

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Test Matches

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The men in green will play a two match Test series next and the games then will be played as per the following schedule.

26-30 Dec – 1st Test, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
3-7 Jan – 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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Significance Of The Tour

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The tour is significant in many ways. For a start the upcoming season will pretty much be a test of New Zealand Cricket that is looking forwarding to managing a successful season post COVID19.

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The series is also part of the ICC Test Championship and so, both sides need to put up a show to earn some valuable points.

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The series has the potential of defining the future of Misbah and Azhar i.e. (if they manage to go that far). While a good tour to New Zealand can help the pair in extending their stay in prestigious positions that they hold as of now; a bad tour can certainly mark the end of their tenure.