Pakistan v New Zealand 2014-15 May 7, 2014

Pakistan to host NZ in the UAE

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan will host New Zealand in the UAE for three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international in November and December, the PCB confirmed on Wednesday.

New Zealand will kickstart their tour with a three-day warm-up game in Sharjah against Pakistan A on November 5. Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will host two ODIs and a Test each, while Dubai will be the venue for the second Test, one-off T20I, and the first ODI.

New Zealand haven't toured Pakistan since 2003-04. In 2002, an explosion outside the teams' hotel killed 14 people and brought the Karachi Test as well as the series to an abrupt halt. International teams have not travelled to Pakistan since March 2009, when a bus transporting the Sri Lankan team to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore came under gunfire.

The teams last played a bilateral series in 2010-11, when New Zealand hosted Pakistan for three T20Is, two Tests and six ODIs. New Zealand won the T20 series 2-1, but Pakistan clinched the Tests 1-0 with a ten-wicket win in Hamilton, and took the ODIs 3-2.

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  • ESPN on May 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Pak poor team they forgotted to play cricket

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    This bilateral serious would be tough for both teams, and hopefully we will have some fun...

  • Chris on May 11, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Should be an easy sweep for Pakistan. NZ are hopeless on these slow-low flat/spinning pitches and an overrated team. Pakistan should try and test out new youngsters. There's no point in relying on someone like Ajmal who won't be around forever and instead can groom in the youngster Raza Hasan who is talent.

  • asad on May 9, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    It's really good news that this isn't yet another 2 test series. I would like to see Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail (and maybe Umar Akmal) make it to the test team. Also they should try Raza Hassan cuz he is a young spinner who is very good as well as a young fast bowler named Sadaf Hussain. The test squad should be: Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Raza Hassan. The only problem with this squad is that there is no allrounder.

  • Bilal on May 9, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Finally PCB gets a three test series ... Kiwis always put up a good fight .. all depends on how they handle spin .. more jobs for ex pakistani spinners I guess

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @Gagg. New Zealand also toured Pakistan in Apr-May 2002 for 3 ODIs and one test ( one test was cancelled), and in Nov-Dec 2003 for 5 ODIs. So you missed two tours. From the current squad, Brendan McCullum played in 2003 in Pakistan. Vettori also played in 2003, though might not be playing currently but still not retired.

  • hibbatur on May 8, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Here we go again, Most of the time Pakistan is only allowed to play Test cricket against the lower ranking teams, the higher ranking teams cant risk losing their ranking points if they lost to Pakistan in UAE, as did England in the last series by losing 3-0 and lost their Number 1 position. Let us hope Pakistan win against the Aussies to bump up their ranking.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    I disagree to all who says Pakistan have best bowling attack. Even now Ajmal is losing his magic and goes for many runs and I don't want to say about fast bowling. Irfan has fitness problem and Junaid is always axed in big matches as we already saw in t20 WC.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster; pakistan team was ever more weak when they last toured NZ in jan 2011 after turbulent period of 2010. and was ranked 6th. That time no one gave them a chance in tests especially. but they managed to win both test and odi series convincingly. though they should play this series in NZ as WC is around the corner.

  • Android on May 8, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    wel pak.v nz siers gd pak.need a gd bating coch otherwise pak . will be straggling in wc2015 pcb should think siersly if they are siers about it good luck pak.God bless you.

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