Pak vs NZ: PCB announces revised match schedule

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday confirmed that Rawalpindi, along with two T20Is and the first ODI, will also host the second ODI match against New Zealand. The two matches will be played on 27 and 29 April instead of the earlier announced date 26 and 30 April, respectively.

According to the revised schedule issued by PCB, T20Is are to start at 9 pm and ODIs to start at 3.30 pm. The dates of the matches are:

T20 International matches:

1st T20I – 14 April, Lahore

2nd T20I – 15 April, Lahore

3rd T20I – 17 April, Lahore

4th T20I – 20 April, Rawalpindi

5th T20I – 24 April, Rawalpindi

One Day International matches:

1st ODI – 27 April, Rawalpindi

2nd ODI – 29 April, Rawalpindi

3rd ODI – 3 May, Karachi

4th ODI – 5 May, Karachi

5th ODI – 7 May, Karachi

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced T20I and ODI teams for the New Zealand series. Captain Babar Azam returned to the squad after resting in the Afghanistan series along with his T20I opening partner Mohammad Rizwan.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is also making his four-month international cricket comeback. Following the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, he missed five Tests and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England and New Zealand because of knee rehabilitation.

Fakhar Zaman and Haris Rauf have also rejoined the national team after resting.

Zaman Khan and Saim Ayub, both young players, have kept their spots in the T20I team. Ihsanullah, a young pacer, was also retained in the T20I squad and received his first call-up to the ODI team.