Former Test cricketers and highly respected match referees, Ali Naqvi and Chris Broad, have been appointed to lead the playing control teams for the upcoming T20 International and One-Day International series between Pakistan and New Zealand. The T20Is will be held in Lahore and Rawalpindi, while the ODIs will take place in Rawalpindi and Karachi, from April 14 to May 7.
Naqvi will serve as the match referee for the five T20Is, with Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Afridi, and Rashid Riaz taking up on-field umpiring duties. Meanwhile, Broad, a member of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, will officiate the five ODIs, marking his return to Pakistan after 14 years.
The umpiring duties for the ODIs will be carried out by Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Afridi, Langton Rusere, Joel Wilson, and Rashid Riaz, with Raza and Wilson serving as members of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.
The appointments for each match have also been announced, with the detailed schedule including the on-field umpires, third and fourth umpires, and match referee. This ensures a transparent and structured system for the series, adding to the excitement of what promises to be an enthralling competition.