Saturday Dec 24, 2022
KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), with the consent of New Zealand Cricket (NZC), has shifted the second Test of the two-match series to Karachi from Multan due to weather conditions in Southern Punjab city.
The dates for the second Test and three ODIs have also been brought forward by a day.
In a statement, the PCB said that it and NZC have mutually agreed to shift the second Test from Multan to Karachi due to deteriorating weather conditions, which have already disrupted flight operations and may potentially result in the loss of playing hours.
“It has also been agreed between the two boards that the second Test and the three ODIs will now be brought forward by a day, meaning the second Test will commence on 2 January with the three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures to be played on 9, 11 and 13 January,” the statement added.
The PCB had earlier changed the first Test date from December 27-31 to December 26-30.
26-30 December - 1st Test, Karachi
2-6 January – 2nd Test, Karachi
9 January – 1st ODI, Karachi
11 January – 2nd ODI, Karachi
13 January – 3rd ODI, Karachi
New Zealand arrived in Pakistan on the morning of December 22 and has held two practice sessions since they arrived in Karachi.
The Black Caps will play three ODIs from January 9 to 13 in Karachi after the conclusion of the Test series.
Back in September 2021, New Zealand abandoned its tour of Pakistan over security concerns that mystified the hosts, just before the Black Caps’ first scheduled match in Pakistan in 18 years.