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In the recent developments of Pakistan Cricket, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have mutually determined to kick-start the second test match and the three-match ODI series a day prior to the initial schedule.
The opening test will take place as scheduled, between December 26th and 30th. However, the second test, in place of 4th January, will begin from 3rd of the new month. Similarly, the ODIs, scheduled for the 10th, 12th, and 14th of January, will be played a day prior.
Moreover, the two boards have also decided to shift the Multan test to Karachi due to weather reasons. The foggy weather is likely to affect the match, with disruption in the playing hours. Hence, both tests would now be placed at National Bank Cricket Arena. It means Karachi will host the entire series.
Notably, both tests are part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023 and are Pakistan’s last assignment of the contest. Moreover, the three ODIs are part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
Both boards have announced their test squads. Since Pakistan’s squad was named during Raja’s tenure, the newly-appointed chairman, Najam Sethi, is not in favour of the named team. In his first meeting, he said that he would have named a different squad.
He also assured that no changes would be made in the test squad. However, recent reports suggest that the newly appointed selection committee, including Shahid Afridi as the chief selector, will make some changes in the test squad. Najam’s choice committee is also due to announce the team’s ODI squad for the New Zealand series.
Here is the revised schedule:
Pak vs NZ series schedule
26-30 December – 1st Test, Karachi
2-6 January – 2nd Test, Karachi
9 January – 1st ODI, Karachi
11 January – 2nd ODI, Karachi
13 January – 3rd ODI, Karachi
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