The New Zealand cricket group is planned to visit the United Arab Emirates among October and December 2018 to play three Tests, three One Day Internationals ODIs and three Twenty20 International T20s matches against Pakistan. Initially, the visit was planned to have three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I match. In February 2018, the Pakistan Cricket Board PCB took a gander at the likelihood of facilitating this arrangement and Australia's visit to the UAE in Malaysia rather than the UAE, because of local Twenty20 apparatus blockage in Sharjah.
In May 2018, the PCB welcomed New Zealand to play the installations in Pakistan. In June 2018, the PCB and the Emirates Cricket Board ECB consented to play Pakistan's future matches in the UAE. In July 2018, New Zealand Cricket NZC affirmed that they had declined the PCB's offer to play the T20 installations in Pakistan due to security concerns. In this way, every one of the matches on the visit would occur in the UAE as booked.