New Zealand announces its schedule for the upcoming season
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has released their home fixtures for the upcoming summer. Their home season will start with a 2-match Test series against Bangladesh, which commences on January 1, 2022. Following that series, South Africa will tour New Zealand for another 2-match test series.
Even the neighbor Australia is going to play a 3-match T20 series. New Zealand’s Home summer will end on 1T20 and a 3-match ODI series against the Netherlands team.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White gave the schedule of the New Zealand for the upcoming season and mentioned the reason behind the delayed release of the event.
“It hasn’t been a straightforward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalizing the arrangements. Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games.”
Speaking about the significance of some of the series, White added:
“The India series is a crucial part of the WHITE FERNS’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the BLACKCAPS in terms of their World Test Championship defense. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the BLACKCAPS’ six ODIs carry similar significance.”
New Zealand will start its defense of the world test championship with the series against a hard difficult-away series against India later this month. The four home Tests against South Africa and Bangladesh after the India series will be crucial for Kane Williamson-led side for the 2021-23 WTC cycle.
New Zealand’s schedule for their home season
Bangladesh tour of New Zealand
1st Test – January(1-5) | Venue – Bay Oval, Tauranga
2nd Test – January(9-13) | Venue – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
South Africa Tour of New Zealand
1st Test – February(17-21) | Venue – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
2nd Test – February 25 – March 1 | Venue – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Australia tour of New Zealand
1st T20I – March 17 | Venue – Sky Stadium, Wellington
2nd T20I – March 18 | Venue – Sky Stadium, Wellington