LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed the participation of the men’s team in a T20I tri-series scheduled from October 7 to 14 in Christchurch, New Zealand against the hosts and Bangladesh, as part of their preparations for the forthcoming T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
According to PCB, all matches of the tri-series will take place at Hagley Oval, Christchurch with Pakistan set to lock horns twice against the other two participants in the tri-series, followed by the final on October 14.
Pakistan Cricket Team will depart for Christchurch on October 4 after concluding the seven-match T20I series against England on October 2. Pakistan will also take part in the ACC T20 Asia Cup, before the England series, scheduled from August 27 to September 11 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam hailed the tri-series crucial for the team’s preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
“I am pleased that we will be featuring in the tri-series in New Zealand as it will help us to arrive early and not only acclimatize for the T20 World Cup in Australia but also give final touches to our preparations,” said Babar as quoted by PCB.
He further expressed his eagerness to feature in the announced tri-series as he missed the last series in New Zealand due to injury.
“I missed the last series in New Zealand due to a thumb injury and look forward to playing cricket in Christchurch against two good oppositions,” he added.
7 Oct –Pakistan v Bangladesh
8 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand
9 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand
11 Oct – New Zealand v Pakistan
12 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand
13 Oct –Bangladesh v Pakistan
14 Oct – Final