In September, New Zealand will play Pakistan in a limited-overs series. The series also signals the beginning of teams’ tours to Asia, with England expected to follow suit later in the year. The three-match One-Day International series will begin on September 17, two days after the 14th season of the Indian Premier League resumes in the United Arab Emirates.
According to reports, Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Seifert, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner, and Locke Ferguson, New Zealand’s top eight players, will most likely not participate in the white-ball series in Pakistan. All of the players listed above are important members of their respective IPL teams and have guaranteed their availability for the remaining 31 games.
In the absence of usual skipper Kane Williamson, who will be captaining Sunrises Hyderabad, either Tim Southee or Tom Latham will lead the side in Pakistan (SRH). According to Cricbuzz, apart from New Zealand’s captain, Boult and Ferguson are crucial players for the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), respectively.
In the meanwhile, the three One-Day International (ODI) matches between Pakistan and New Zealand form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifying for 2023. In addition, the five-match T20I series promises to be exciting, with the sides battling for third place. Although New Zealand’s first-choice players are unlikely to participate in the eight limited-overs matches, the series provides an opportunity for youngsters like Devon Conway, Finn Alan, and Ajaz Patel to demonstrate their abilities ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Also, Check Fantasy Cricket
This Players may miss Tour of Pakistan
Following their tour of New Zealand, England will go to Pakistan for a two-match T20I series in mid-October. The tour takes place at the same time as the IPL playoffs. Eoin Morgan, the England captain, has already confirmed his availability for KKR in the UAE leg.
Jos Buttler, on the other hand, would most certainly miss the T20 league since his wife is expecting their second child at the time. Aside from that, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed its players permission to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which may cause them to miss the Pakistan tour.