PCB requests NZC for two additional T20I during Pak tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested New Zealand Cricket to play two additional T20-International matches when its team tours the country later this year before the World T20 Cup in UAE.

The New Zealand team is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals and as many T20 matches in September-October during the tour, which will be its first to Pakistan since 2002.

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“Yes negotiations are being held with Cricket New Zealand to play two additional T20 matches because of the World T20 Cup but nothing is finalized as yet,” a source said.

The PCB is gearing up to host a number of top teams in the 2021-22 season with New Zealand, England, West Indies and Australia lined up. West Indies is due tentatively in December and Australia in Feb-March 2022.

The tours have also left the PCB in a position from where it might have to postpone the Pakistan Super League to April-May instead of its regular window of February 20 to March 23.

England will also be touring Pakistan for the first time since 2005/06 for a short T20 series in October before the World Cup followed by West Indies and Australia.

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Australia, which will be sending a reconnaissance delegation to Pakistan in September to inspect arrangements for its tour, has also not played in Pakistan since 1998.

Between 2010 and 2018, no top-ranked Test side visited Pakistan due to security concerns following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March, 2009.

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