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ODI Series Between New Zealand And Pakistan Excluded From World Cup Super League

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League will not include the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand, which is set to begin on September 17. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) made the announcement on Saturday (11 September). The revelation came as a result of
the PCB’s failure to put in place a Decision Review System (DRS) for the three ODI matches.

According to a study, Pakistan could not have implemented DRS in such a short period of time. The ICC has made the DRS mandatory in all men’s games. Additionally, if a DRS is required for any bi-lateral series or worldwide competitions, it must be ICC-approved. As a result, this ODI series will not be included in the Super League. Both boards have stated that they would provide clarification on when they will play a series with DRS in place.

The two boards have agreed that these 50-over matches will now count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying since New Zealand will return to Pakistan in the 2022-23 season to play two Tests and three ODIs,” PCB said in a statement. Pakistan and New Zealand will play a five-match T20I series beginning September 25 once the three ODI matches are completed.

The Latest Updates On The World Cup Super League And The ODI Series Between New Zealand And Pakistan

New Zealand’s top players have withdrawn from the Pakistan series. The Blackcaps will play cricket in Pakistan for the first time in 18 years in these eight white-ball matches. This series also marks the return of a visiting team to Pakistan. However, due to the second half of the 14th season of the Indian
Premier League (IPL), which begins in the UAE on September 19, New Zealand’s best players have decided not to visit.

Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, and Jimmy Neasham will all skip the series and play in the IPL instead. After the NZC allowed them to play the remaining matches of the UAE leg, the players made this choice.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has assembled a full-strength team for its next series against New Zealand, which will serve as an excellent warm-up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which begins on October 17.

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