Due to their commitments to the Indian Premier League (IPL), New Zealand’s main players, including as Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, may be unable to participate in the team’s trip of Pakistan.
Taking place from September 19 to October 15, the second leg of the IPL will coincide with New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan, which will take place between September 17 and October 3, according to the IPL’s schedule. Following the completion of the series, Pakistan will host England for two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) on the 13th and 14th of October.
Earlier this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced that New Zealand would return to the country for the first time in 18 years for a historic trip. The last time the Kiwis visited the country was in 2003, when they played a five-match One-Day International series.
The New Zealand visit will include three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), which will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, and five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). To begin with, the tour included three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), however the PCB advocated adding two additional T20Is as preparation for the 2018 T20 World Cup.
In accordance with reports, eight members of the New Zealand squad have been granted permission to participate in the IPL. These players include Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Siefert, Mitch Santner, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, and Kyle Jamieson. Kane Williamson is the captain of the New Zealand team.
As expected, Tim Southee, the veteran fast bowler, will be tasked with leading the side on its tour of Pakistan, while wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will serve as the captain.
The same can be said about the England squad, with many of the first-choice players missing from the two-match T20I squad due to their participation in the cash-rich tournament. Because of the same reason, the England Cricket Board has already chosen to postpone its upcoming visit of Bangladesh.
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