Pakistan vs New Zealand ODIs will not count towards World Cup qualification

By Matthew Cooper

Pakistan are due to host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series this month, with the first game set to take place in Rawalpindi on Friday.

Initially, the series was set to count towards the ICC World Cup Super League, which is part of the qualification process for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

The league features 13 nations and will see each team play eight of the 12 other sides in the space of two years.

Teams pick up ten points for each win and five for a tied match, a no result or an abandoned game.

India, as hosts of the tournament, will automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup along with the seven best teams in World Cup Super League.

The other five teams will then battle it out for a spot at the tournament in a Qualifier.

The upcoming ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand will not count towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup as there will be no DRS (MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently, Pakistan are sixth in the table with 40 points from their nine games, while New Zealand are tenth, having only played three games and picked up 30 points.

This series was meant to count towards the Super League, but both boards have decided that it will instead be played as a standalone bilateral series because the Decision Review System will not be available.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the Pakistan Cricket Board and its broadcast partners were unable to find an ICC-approved DRS provider before the series began, with the broadcast rights getting sold late.

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As a result, New Zealand were said to be unwilling to play such a series without the use of DRS.

A statement from the PCB read: "Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket have mutually agreed to change the status of next week’s ODI series to a bilateral series from the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures due to the non-availability of Decision Review System (DRS), a requirement in the event playing conditions.

"As New Zealand will return to Pakistan in the 2022-23 season to play two Tests and three ODIs, the two boards have agreed that these 50-over matches will now count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification."

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