India to play 3 tests in NZ
India will play an expanded three-test series in New Zealand in March
and April in a bid to fill some of the void following its canceled tour
A test at Napier from March 26-30, added between the scheduled first
test at Wellington (March 18-22) and last test at Hamilton (April 3-7),
has been included after approaches by the Board of Control for Cricket
in India, New Zealand Cricket said Thursday.
A second Twenty20 international, on Feb. 25, has also been added to
the expanded tour itinerary which still includes five limited-overs
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said his
organization welcomed the opportunity to enlarge the Indian tour. “India
is probably the most exciting side in the world at present, packed full
of superstar players and the chance to see six more days of high quality
international competition will be welcomed by all New Zealand cricket
fans,” Vaughan said.
“The tour will give our team a great chance to prove themselves
against the world’s best.” Vaughan said it was unavoidable that some
changes have had to be made to previously scheduled match dates and
“We have worked hard to keep as much of the schedule as possible
intact. The result is a tour where more fans will be able to see more
games in more places,” he said.
BCCI spokesman N.Srinivasan said he was delighted the two nations had
been able to agree on an extended tour.
“My thanks go to New Zealand Cricket for responding positively to our
request for an extended test series,” he said.
“There have been a number of issues for both boards to resolve to
accommodate the new schedule and I am pleased we have been able to work
together to achieve a high quality program.
“To have such a strong mix of tests, one-day internationals and
Twenty20s will be good for both teams, and for cricket followers in
India and New Zealand.”