PCB announced a revised FTP (Future Tours Program) in which #PAKvsAFG and #PAKvsNZ series were added. It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has postponed the T20 series against the West Indies in favor of playing a similar series against the Kiwis.
#PAKvsAFG & #PAKvsNZ Series Part Of The Revised FTP
As per the revised schedule Pakistan will play a three match ODI series against Afghanistan most probably in UAE next month. The series it is believed will allow Pakistan good practice ahead of the #AsiaCup23 and the #ICCTODIWC23.
Following the world cup Pakistan will travel to Australia for a three-match Test series. The green shirts will next travel to New Zealand to play a five-match T20 series. In April the Kiwis will once again come to Pakistan to play another five-match T20 series. The ten T20s will provide Pakistan with a good opportunity to prepare for the #ICCT20WC24 that is scheduled to be played next year.
While explaining the development PCB issued a press release that read, “The additional series will mean in the lead up to the T20 World Cup, to be co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA in June 2024, Pakistan will play 19 T20Is. In addition to the 19 international matches, the PCB will also host its own cut-throat Pakistan Super League 2024 in February/March 2024.
“To schedule the additional T20Is, the Pakistan Cricket Board, in consultation with Cricket West Indies and New Zealand Cricket, has made slight changes to its Future Tours Programme 2023-2025.
“The two ICC World Test Championship fixtures against the West Indies, originally planned in Pakistan in February 2024, will now be held in January 2025. Likewise, Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand for three ODIs and five T20Is, originally scheduled in January 2025, will now take place in April 2025.
“Pakistan and New Zealand recently played a highly-competitive and entertaining five-match T20I series in April/May in Lahore and Rawalpindi, which ended in a two-all draw. Prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, Pakistan had featured and won the T20I series in Christchurch with Bangladesh as the third side.
“New Zealand and Pakistan are ranked third and fourth, respectively in the ICC T20I Team Rankings with just two points separating them.”