There are three One Day International (ODI) and five Twenty20 International (T20I) matches announced for New Zealand's cricket squad to play in Pakistan in 2021. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finalized the tour's itinerary on August 4, 2021. The One-Day Internationals will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Pakistan. Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the Twenty20 Internationals series. To make up for the absence of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham has been selected as New Zealand's captain.
For the first time since 2003, New Zealand will visit Pakistan. It was in November and December of 2003 that the New Zealand squad visited Pakistan, playing a five-match One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan. In the end, Pakistan came out on top with a 5–0 win.
The tour will begin on September 17 with the first One-Day International at Rawalpindi, followed by two further ODIs on September 19 and 21. After that, the squads will travel to Lahore for a five-match T20I series that will begin on September 25. Due to their engagement in the IPL, many first-team performers, including Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Lockie Ferguson, will be absent for part of the tournament.
Before a hectic season that includes a trip of India and the T20 World Cup, New Zealand chief executive David White said “maintaining cricketers' workloads and their health was the first concern. Now more than ever, it's imperative that we protect the health of our players as well as our support personnel, and we've made every effort to do so by carefully regulating their workloads during this winter's huge playing schedule.” Undoubtedly, New Zealand's visit will be keenly evaluated for its involvement of several young players who are gaining local recognition. Rachin Ravindra, a 21-year-old left-handed batsman, is in the team for the ODIs.
In Pakistan, Glenn Pocknall will be the team's head coach until Shane Jurgenson takes over for the Pakistan T20I series. It was mutually decided that experienced batsman Ross Taylor would remain in New Zealand to practice for the upcoming India tour. New Zealand is ranked number one position in the ICC ODI ranking, while Pakistan is at number 7th position. Because of unavailability of many key players, the ODI series will be a challenge for New Zealand.