KARACHI: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has paid compensation to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for abruptly ending the tour last year in September 2021.
The compensation amount has not been disclosed, but as per sources, PCB will now make huge profits from New Zealand’s next year’s tour to Pakistan, where 10 white-ball games will be played.
Meanwhile, the relationships between both the boards have returned to normal, with PCB making up its mind to accept the invitation to participate in the triangular series in Christchurch in October before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
PCB will confirm the tour to New Zealand after deciding the dates with England as they are scheduled to travel to Pakistan for seven T20Is planned in October.
Remember Blackcaps, just before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi on September 17, 2021, opted to return home, citing security concerns.
Even the phone call of then Prime Minister Imran Khan to counterpart Jacinda Ardern could not stop New Zealand, so after 18 years, the fans’ wish to see the New Zealand team play in Pakistan again remained unfulfilled.
Later, England also withdrew from sending their men and women teams to Pakistan. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja announced that they would ask New Zealand to pay compensation.
The matter has now been resolved, with New Zealand paying compensation for financial loss, including hotel bookings, security, marketing, broadcast, etc.
New Zealand will tour Pakistan in December 2022/January 2023 for three ODIs and two Tests while they will make up for the cancelled tour in April 2023, where they will play five T20Is and as many ODIs.