New Zealand Cricket receives government approval to host Pakistan, West Indies

Karachi: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has received government approval to host international cricket in New Zealand this summer.

NZC announced that the West Indies and Pakistan will tour New Zealand, with details of the schedule to be announced early next week.

NZC has received Government approval to proceed with plans to host international touring sides this summer, in line with prescribed health protocols and beginning with @windiescricket and @TheRealPCB. Details of the upcoming summer’s schedule will be announced early next week.

— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 24, 2020

Last month, NZ CEO David White said that Pakistan has confirmed their tour in December which will take place in a bio-secure environment.

“Teams including West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh have confirmed their tours to New Zealand, so (there will be) 37 days of international cricket,” he said.

According to, NZC are also reportedly looking at a Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in either Christchurch’s Hagley Oval or Tauranga’s Bay Oval.

Pakistani and West Indian teams will undergo isolation after arriving in New Zealand, with the venue most likely being in Christchurch to allow for training at the high-performance center in Lincoln University.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) have postponed the ODI series against New Zealand. The Black Caps were scheduled to play three ODIs January 26, 31 and February 2.