New Zealand to play against UAE for the first time since 1996


In August, there’s a three-match T20I series between the UAE and New Zealand. On their way to England for a white-ball series, the Black Caps will stop at the Emirates. The UAE will play three games against New Zealand under lights on August 17, 19, and 20. The venues are yet to be decided.

“This series will be a massive opportunity for our players, to not only compete against a top team but to also to learn from some of the best players in the world.

Emirates Cricket Board general secretary Mubashshir Usmani said.

“We are fully committed to the growth and development of cricket in the UAE . We are thankful to New Zealand Cricket for their support.”

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White :

“In terms of the global cricket family, it’s important we keep helping each other, and growing the game on an international scale.

“New Zealand Cricket has a close relationship with the Emirates Cricket Board and our players are very familiar with the environment.

“I know the Black Caps will be looking forward to testing themselves against a competitive UAE team.”

It will be the only second time these two teams will meet each other. They played last after the 1996 ODI WC at Faislabad in Pakistan. New Zealand won that match by 109 runs.
UAE recently lost the T20I series against Afghanistan 2-1.

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