From the ICC World Test Championship, fourth-placed New Zealand leads fifth-placed Pakistan by 14 points but New Zealand has played one set less.
Both ICC World Test Championship matches will be performed at the back of three T20Is, which is staged in Auckland (18 December), Hamilton (20 December), and Napier (22 December).
In the ICC T20I Team Rankings, fourth-ranked Pakistan (261 points) leads sixth-ranked New Zealand by 19 points. Australia leads the pack with 275 points, followed by England (271) and India (266).
International Cricket, Zakir Khan: “New Zealand boasts some excellent cricket facilities with supportive and educated crowds. Pakistan has always enjoyed touring New Zealand and has performed well there, and we anticipate similar performances from our side with this excursion.
“New Zealand series is going to be our penultimate show from the ICC World Test Championship together with the last series against South Africa at home following this tour. We remain optimistic and dedicated to finishing on a high from the tournament as it is our effort to become one of the top-performing Test-playing countries.”
Cricket New Zealand Chief Executive, David White
It’s always a pleasure to host the Pakistan cricket team in New Zealand and I know there will be a lot of interest in the Test and T20 series.
“Pakistan touring sides have been coming here since 1965 and many New Zealanders have grown up watching the likes of Hanif Mohammad, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and of course, the great Imran Khan in action.
“I’m sure the squads coming out here this summer will be similarly steeped in talent and class and will continue the great legacy that is Pakistan cricket.
New Zealand has hosted Pakistan at 13 Test series since 1965, with Pakistan enjoying a 7-2 advantage. Pakistan’s last series win was in 2011, but New Zealand came out on top with a comfortable 2-0 perimeter when both sides met in 2016. In the 31 Tests between the two sides in New Zealand, Pakistan enjoys a 10-7 advantage.
The Pakistan cricket team will depart on 23 November from Lahore as well as per New Zealand government regulations, experience a 14-day quarantine period in Lincoln. During this period, they will be limited to the bio-secure bubble and won’t be allowed to get involved in almost any cricket-related activity. The bio-secure bubble will expire following the 14-day quarantine period.
Before their death for Auckland and as part of standard Covid-19 protocols, both the players and participant support staff will undergo compulsory testing in Lahore.
Together with the senior side, the PCB may also send Pakistan Shaheens’ squad to New Zealand as a portion of the players’ development and exposure. The show schedule and total players and participant support personnel comprising both squads will be finalized and announced in due course.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2020 Schedule
- 18 Dec – 1st T20I, Eden Park, Auckland (1200 PST)
- 20 Dec – 2nd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton (1200 PST)
- 22 Dec – 3rd T20I, McLean Park, Napier (1200 PST)
- 26-30 Dec – 1st Test, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui (0400 PST)
- 3-7 Jan – 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0400 PST)