Black Caps schedule confirmed for Pakistan series in UAE

The Pakistan Cricket Board have finally confirmed the Black Caps’ schedule for their series in the United Arab Emirates in October.

The Black Caps will start their three international Twenty 20 matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on October 31, with the following matches to be played on November 2 and 4.

Pakistan will play the Black Caps on November 7, 9 and 11 for their one-day internationals series.

New Zealand's first Test against Pakistan begins on November 16 at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The second Test will be at Dubai International Stadium from November 24-28, with the final Test set to begin on December 3.

New coach Gary Stead will then ready his side for a home series with Sri Lanka, where the Black Caps host the visitors in Wellington on December 15 for their first of two Tests.

It will be the Black Caps' first international in the country since their 1-0 Test series win over England, where Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner secured a dramatic draw in Christchurch in April earlier this year.

Black Caps tour schedule against Pakistan

October 31: First Twenty 20, Abu Dhabi
November 2: Second T20, Dubai
November 4: Third T20, Dubai
November 7: First one-day international, Abu Dhabi
November 9: Second ODI, Abu Dhabi
November 11: Third ODI, Dubai
November 16-20: First Test, Abu Dhabi
November 24-28: Second Test, Dubai
December 3-7: Third Test, Abu Dhabi

Black Caps squads

Test: Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

ODI: Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Taylor, Nicholls, Latham, Watling, de Grandhomme, Astle, Sodhi, Southee, Henry, Boult, two to be added from NZA/NZ T20 squad.

Twenty20: Williamson (c), Guptill, Munro, Taylor, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert, de Grandhomme, Adam Milne, Southee, Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Seth Rance, two to be added from NZA.

New Zealand A squad for T20, 50-over and first-class matches against Pakistan A

Corey Anderson, Astle, Blundell, Tom Bruce, Chapman, Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Patel, Glenn Phillips, Raval, Rachin Ravindra, Seifert, Blair Tickner, Logan van Beek, George Worker, Will Young, Wagner, Watling.

Blackcaps Kane Williamson is the center of attention after his run out of Englands James Vince during the International T20 Tri Series cricket match between the Blackcaps & England at Westpac stadium, Wellington. 13th February 2018. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
The Black Caps were invited to play in two T20s in Pakistan. Source: Photosport