The stage will be set as Pakistan sets out to tour New Zealand in December 2020. Pakistan vs New Zealand 2020 tour is not a long one, as only three T20 Internationals and two Tests will be played. The two Test matches will be a part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. Out of the two teams, New Zealand will be more in touch with the sport as they would be coming into this series after playing West Indies at home. The last match which Pakistan had played was almost a month back in November against Zimbabwe. As the T20 World Cup nears, teams have started to play more 20-over games.
Pakistan and New Zealand have faced each other on numerous occasions. And looking at the stats one would say that both the teams have been equally successful against each other. Only in Tests, however, Pakistan has outperformed New Zealand.
Pakistan and New Zealand have played a total of 58 Test matches. Out of which Pakistan had won 25 games while New Zealand had managed to bag just 12 games, with 21 games resulting in a draw. In the ODI's, Pakistan and New Zealand have faced each other for a total of 107 occasions. The stats show more balance between Pakistan and New Zealand than the Tests. With Pakistan winning 55 games and New Zealand being victorious on 48 occasions, the scale hangs in balance between the two sides. Out of the limited interaction in the T20I format, Pakistan has won 13 out of 21 games while New Zealand has won 8.
|Format||Played||Won by Pakistan||Won by New Zealand||Tied||Drawn||No Result|
In Pakistan vs New Zealand 2020, both the teams would be competing for three T20Is, followed by two Tests. The tour will begin with two four-day matches between Pakistan A and New Zealand A. Then, the Pak vs NZ action will move on to the T20 format, which is set to begin on December 18th, 2020 and continue till December 22nd, 2020.
Check the full Pak vs NZ schedule 2020 here.
The three-match T20I series will commence with the first T20I being played in Auckland on December 18th. The opener T20 game will be followed by the second match of the series which will be played at Hamilton on December 20th. The last T20I match will be played on December 22nd in Napier.
Following the T20 series, the Test series will commence on December 26th, which will be played in Mount Maunganui. The next Test match will start in the new year and will be played between January 3rd-January 7th in Christchurch.
You can refer to the list below to learn about the broadcasting details for PAK vs NZ 2020 in your region.
|India & Subcontinent||Sony Six, Sony ESPN|
|UK||Sky Sports Cricket|
|Canada||ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network)|
|Malaysia||Astro Cricket HD|
|MENA||OSN Sports Cricket HD|
|Bangladesh||Gazi TV (GTV)|
|Pakistan||Ten Sports Pakistan|
|Sri Lanka||SLRC (Channel Eye)|
Digital Live Streaming: SonyLiv, Now TV, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online
The matches will be played in five venues. The venues are Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Mount Maunganui and Christchurch.
|Venue||No. of Matches||Format||Date|
|Auckland||1||T20I||December 18, 2020|
|Hamilton||1||T20I||December 20, 2020|
|Napier||1||T20I||December 22, 2020|
|Mount Maunganui||1||Test||December 26, 2020|
|Christchurch||1||Test||January 3, 2021|
#1. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen in the world at the moment. Many would say that he is perhaps one of the most underrated batsmen in all formats of the game. The Kiwi captain loves to lead his team and does so with a lot of heart and passion. Williamson will be coming into the series beaming with confidence on the back of a mammoth 251 runs from the first Test against West Indies. He would be extremely excited about duplicating the results from the three-match T20I series against West Indies which New Zealand won 2-0, with a game being abandoned due to rain.
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#2. Glen Philips
Glen Philips is one of the young batsmen from New Zealand side who has acclaimed fame through his fearless batting in the recent past. . The 24-year old batsman wears his heart on his sleeve. Philips is capable of taking the charge to the bowlers from the word go. He has proved his worth to the Kiwi line-up with his recent 51-ball 108 in the second T20 International against West Indies. Philips can prove to be an asset for the New Zealand side in all formats of the game if he is groomed and mentored properly.
#3. Tim Southee
Tim Southee has been the leader of New Zealand's pace attack for many years now. He is New Zealand's ace fast bowler and is world known for his wicket-taking abilities. Tim always seems to find wickets at crucial stages of the game and has proven to be a game-changer for his side for quite a long time now. He is one of the best in the business in all formats of the game.
#4. Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson is definitely one of the most important cogs in the New Zealand squad. He is absolutely amazing on days when he is at the top of his game. Although Lockie is more on the inexperienced end of the spectrum, his bowling has certain glimpses of maturity. It will be interesting to see how Ferguson plays this series against Pakistan.
#5. Babar Azam
If anyone would be under the microscope in this Pakistan vs New Zealand series, it would be Pakistan's young captain, Babar Azam. Babar has been recently appointed as the Test captain of the Pakistani side and would be feeling the pressure going into the tour against a well practised New Zealand. He would be under the scrutiny not only for his captaincy skills but his batting would be put to a test by the Kiwi bowlers. His contribution with the bat will be as important to Pakistan's cause, as would be his approach as the captain.
#6. Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz is one of the best bowlers in the Pakistan side. Over the years, Wahab has been quite impressive with the white as well as the red ball. Wahab's form will be crucial for the Pakistan squad. If Wahab is able to play his best, there is no doubt that he can have an outcome determining impact on the game.