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New Zealand announces packed summer fixture list: New Zealand cricket fans have a lot of action to look forward to next summer

Introduction

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have announced a packed summer schedule for next year, meaning that Kiwi cricket fans can already begin anticipating some of the matches and series to come.

It will perhaps help them get over the disappointment of being outplayed by England in their recent test match series, a defeat that means that their chances of defending the World Test Championship (WTC) which they won in Southampton in 2021 are now all but over.

And with the 2023 World Cup on the horizon as well, it will give white ball specialists the chance to hone their skills.

 

October

It all begins in October, where New Zealand will host Pakistan and Bangladesh in a tri-nation T2OI series. It will be the last chance for all three nations to get some much needed match practice ahead of this year’s T20I World Cup which gets underway in Australia (the defending champions) on 16th October.

(All three teams have already qualified for the Super 12 stage of the competition).

 

Indian visit

Following the conclusion of the World Cup, it will be the turn of India to visit New Zealand for a white ball tour.

Between November 18 and 22, the two countries will play three T2OIs in Wellington, Mount Maunganui and Napier. That will be followed by three ODIs, the venues for those matches being Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch.

 

Sub-continent tour

The following month it will be time for the New Zealand team to go on their travels once more, as they set off for Pakistan.

In part this is compensation over the abandoned a limited overs tour to the country last September due to security concerns, shortly before the toss was due to be made before the first ODI in Rawalpindi.

That led England to follow suit and cancel their own limited overs tour shortly before the T20I world Cup.

The joint decisions came as a major blow to Pakistan’s hops of staging regular international cricket again – no major international team visited the country for a decade after the attack by terrorists on the Sri Lanka team coach in Lahore in March 2009. That resulted in the deaths of six policemen who were accompanying the bus, and two civilians, whilst a number of people were injured, including Sri Lankan players and match officials, who were travelling in a separate vehicle.

 An infuriated head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja claimed that Pakistan had been “used and binned” by the Western nations.

The two countries will play two test matches, which will count towards the World Test Championship. In addition, they will play three ODIs.

New Zealand will be back to tour Pakistan in April 2023, with five ODIs and five T20Is on the agenda this time round.

 

England

In February, New Zealand will get their chance of revenge at test match level when England arrive in the country.

They will play two tests, the first of which will be a day-night affair at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, scheduled to begin on February 16th. Eight days after that the Second Test is scheduled for Wellington.

 

Sri Lanka

The New Zealand summer concludes, as far as the men are concerned, with a full tour by Sri Lanka in March 2023. They will first play two tests, as part of the WTC, and that will be followed by three ODIs and three T20is.

By then some of New Zealand’s best players may have left early to join their franchises for the Indian T20 league. The rest will just have time to pack their bags before heading off to Pakistan!

 

White Ferns

Meanwhile New Zealand’s female cricket team – known as the White Ferns after a legal battle with a company that used the name for a line of sporting goods – will also be busy. They will host Bangladesh for three T20Is and then as many ODIs.

Earlier this year, New Zealand hosted the twelfth edition of the Women’s World Cup, and it proved to be an enormous sporting and commercial success. It proved that not only is there an audience for women’s cricket in New Zealand, but there are already indications that it has prompted more girls and young women to take up the game.

The Bangladesh tour should help to build on that momentum, by giving people around the country to see the national team in action.

   

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