The rise of uncertainty and political turmoil in Afghanistan as American troops leave their territory has created havoc for all neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan. They recently stated their excitement to host their first International home tour of the season against recent world test championship winners “New Zealand” has been left in a state of bewilderment as questions arise about the possibility of this series under such conditions.
Impact on Various Stakeholders: Audience, PCB, and Backers
Although the decision of whether or not the limited-overs series will take place resides with none other than the noted security administrator and adviser to the International Cricketing Council (ICC), Mr. Reg Dickason. The uncertainty following the political turmoil has certainly left numerous stakeholders involved disappointed. Especially cricketing betting sites around the world.
With the series almost around the corner, cricket betting sites had already established various podiums for members of the community to sign up and plug bets to gain financial rewards. This uncertainty will not only limit the market reach of these cricket betting sites but would also cause several problems for the algorithm that they follow. Moreover, the Pakistan cricket board would also not be elated with this metamorphosis in their schedule as they showed keenness to host the Kiwis on their soil. Moreover, with their recent form (Table 1), the Pakistan cricket team, as well as the cricket fans, were definitely looking forward to this series in order to test out the potential of their spirited youth as well as make a return to the cricketing spotlight. The Pakistan cricket team was recently handed a tough 3 – 0 whitewash by the English men, led by their captain Ben Stokes. An opportunity to play against the New Zealand side would have given them a podium to turn that form around.
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The decision of the ICC and New Zealand Cricketing Council
The decision of the International Cricketing Council and the New Zealand cricketing association on the limited over tour that is set to take place from September 11 to October 3 would have a variegated impact on stakeholders of both nations. Whereas, the New Zealand side would be keen on continuing their world domination, as they look forward to taking their recent flourishing form (coming off of a test match victory against the studded Indian side) and dominate the Pakistani side. The Pakistani side would also look at this series as an opportunity to get some experience on the International level, as they make a delayed start to their 2021 campaign.
However, a key impact to consider for Reg as he makes this decision for the New Zealand team would be the impact on various bookies and cricket betting sites, as animosity for this series continues to increase. With the series just around the corner, a final verdict is all that keeps us from watching two mega sides colliding on Pakistani soil after 18 long years.