The much-awaited Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 2024 cricket series will start at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, April 18.

As per the schedule, the first three matches of the upcoming five-match T20 series will be played in Rawalpindi on April 18, 20 and 21.

Pakistan and New Zealand will then travel to Lahore to play the remaining two T20Is to be hosted at the Gaddafi Stadium on April 25 and 27. 

New Zealand are currently ranked fourth in the ICC men’s T20I team rankings while Pakistan are placed one place below them in fifth spot.

Ahead of the T20I series, the Pakistan national cricket team has announced their 17-member squad.

Talisman Babar Azam will once again captain Pakistan in the limited-overs format starting with the upcoming T20I series.

Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim have also returned to Pakistan’s T20I squad after reversing their retirement decision in order to make themselves available for the T20 World Cup 2024 in June.

On the other hand, the New Zealand cricket team has named a second-string squad to be led by Michael Bracewell.

The Kiwis will be without several of their first team members due to them featuring in the ongoing Indian T20 League 2024 or other reasons. 

The likes of Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are representing their respective franchises in the Indian T20 League.

Furthermore, Tim Southee, Colin Munro, Will Young and Tom Latham were also unavailable for selection.

The visitors have suffered massive blows as Finn Allen and Adam Milne have also been ruled out due to injuries.

Wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell and uncapped allrounder Zak Foulkes have been named as their replacements. 

Pakistan vs New Zealand head-to-head in T20 cricket

Pakistan have a superior head-to-head record against New Zealand in T20 cricket, winning 21 of the 39 matches that they have played so far. New Zealand have registered 17 victories while one game was abandoned.

The last time these two sides met in the shortest format, New Zealand thrashed Pakistan 4-1 in a five-match T20 series in January 2024.

Where to watch Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 2024 series live in India

Live streaming of the Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 2024 series will be available on FanCode app and website in India.

There will be no live telecast of the PAK vs NZ T20Is on any TV channel in India.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 2024 schedule and live match start times

All match times are in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and Date



Time (IST)

Thursday, April 18

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st T20I

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

7:30 PM

Saturday, April 20

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

7:30 PM

Sunday, April 21

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

7:30 PM 

Thursday, April 25

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 4th T20I

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

7:30 PM

Saturday, April 27

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th T20I

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

7:30 PM

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 2024 squads

Pakistan T20 squad: Babar Azam (captain), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Amir, Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan (wicketkeeper), Zaman Khan

New Zealand T20 squad: Michael Bracewell (captain), Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Jimmy Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert (wicketkeeper), Ish Sodhi, Tom Blundell (wicketkeeper), Zak Foulkes 

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