NZC confirms dates, venues for Pakistan, West Indies series

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand will launch their home summer of cricket with a Twenty20 International against West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland on Nov 27 before two Test series against an equivalent visitors and Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Tuesday.

The New Zealand government had green-lighted the West Indies and Pakistan tours and was also expected to approve white-ball tours by Australia and Bangladesh in February and March, the cricket board said.

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the New Zealand government for helping us navigate this complex process,” NZC Chief Executive David White said during a statement. “Hosting these tours is incredibly important to us for 2 reasons: international cricket brings in revenue that funds the whole game of cricket in New Zealand and, also, it’s crucial that we glance after the fans of the sport and sport generally , especially during these difficult times.”

After three Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies , New Zealand play the primary Test against them at Seddon Park in Hamilton from Dec 3 and therefore the second at Wellington’s Basin Reserve from Dec 11.

The Black Caps also will play three T20 Internationals against Pakistan before their Test series, with the primary Test from Dec 26 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and therefore the second from Jan 3 at the Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch.

On their last Test trip to New Zealand in 2016, Pakistan lost both Tests, while In 2018, Pakistan won the T20 series 2-1 but suffered a 5-0 whitewash within the ODI series.

According to a PCB media release, the Pakistan squad will leave for Auckland from Lahore Nov 23 to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in Christchurch, during which they’re going to be restricted during a bio-secure bubble and can not be allowed to require part in any cricket-related activity.

The PCB further added a Pakistan Shaheens’ squad also will tour New Zealand as a part of the players’ development and exposure.

Zakir Khan, the PCB director for international cricket, said New Zealand tour would give Pakistan chance to enhance their ICC Test Championship points

“The series are going to be our penultimate within the ICC World Test Championship with the last series against South Africa reception following this tour. We remain optimistic and committed to finishing on a high within the championship because it is our endeavour to become one among the top-performing Test nations,” Zakir said.

New Zealand’s scheduled white-ball tour to Australia in January was postponed last week, but Australia are pencilled certain five T20 Internationals in New Zealand from Feb 22.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, are to return to the scene of the Christchurch mosque massacres two years after the tragedy once they play a One-day International in Christchurch on St Patrick’s Day and are likely to be within the city on March 15, two years to the day after a gunman killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques and wounded another 40.

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None of the players were injured and therefore the team returned home the subsequent day after the Test was cancelled.

New Zealand are currently fourth within the inaugural match game Championship standings — behind India, England and Australia — and just before Pakistan with the West Indies seventh.

White said NZC was conscious of the challenging circumstances many of us found themselves in as a consequence of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and would be reducing ticket prices by nearly 50 percent to acknowledge this.

“It might sound counter-intuitive to be lowering ticket prices at a time of great additional cost and expense to the sport , but we expect it’s the proper thing to try to to ,” he said.

When the teams arrive in New Zealand they’re going to spend their required 14-days quarantine in Christchurch where they’re going to be ready to train at NZC’s high-performance centre in Lincoln University.

With no international cricket in New Zealand for the majority of January and February, players are going to be released to seem within the ‘Super Smash’ domestic T20 competition.

Schedule:

West Indies tour:

Nov 27: First T20 International (Auckland).

Nov 29: Second T20 International (Mount Maunganui).

Nov 30: Third T20 International (Mount Maunganui).

Dec 3-7: First Test (Hamilton).

Dec 11-15: Second Test (Wellington).

Pakistan tour:

Dec 18: First T20 International (Auckland).

Dec 20: Second T20 International (Hamilton).

Dec 22: Third T20 International (Napier).

Dec 26-30: First Test (Mount Maunganui).

Jan 3-7: Second Test (Christchurch).

Australia tour:

Feb 22: First T20 International (Christchurch).

Feb 25: Second T20 International (Dunedin).

March 3: Third T20 International (Wellington).

March 5: Fourth T20 International (Auckland).

March 7: Fifth T20 International (Mount Maunganui).

Bangladesh tour:

March 13: First One-day International (Dunedin).

March 17: Second One-day International (Christchurch).

March 20: Third One-day International (Wellington).

March 23: First T20 International (Napier).

March 26: Second T20 International (Auckland).

March 28: Third T20 International (Hamilton).

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