Web Desk (August 2, 2017): New Zealand Cricket, on Tuesday (August 1), announced a limited-overs cricket dominated home schedule for the upcoming season.
In the season that will last for 43 days, the Black Caps will host West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and England. In addition, the ICC Under-19 World Cup will take place in January followed by West Indies women’s team’s visit in March. At the same time, there are still uncertainties over the prospect of a day-night Test against England at Auckland.
New Zealand’s cricket summer will kick start with the full-fledged series against West Indies. The series consists of two Tests in December, followed by three ODIs and three T20Is against the reigning World T20 champions. West Indies were initially set to play three Tests with the Hagley Oval slated to hold the third Test. However, the venue will instead host a Boxing Day ODI against the visitors.
Series against West Indies will be followed by a limited-overs series against Pakistan consisting of five ODIs and three T20Is. The Kiwis are also scheduled to play a Trans-Tasman T20I tri-series, involving both Australia and England. The series will be the first of its kind where full members of the ICC are going to feature in a T20I triangular series. Both Australia and New Zealand will host the matches, with the final scheduled to be played at Eden Park on February 21.
New Zealand’s home series will conclude with a five-match ODI and two-Test series against England. The first Test which is scheduled to take place at Eden Park in Auckland could be the first day-night affair in New Zealand but it would go ahead only if an independent hearing gives the green light. For the time being, it is not allowed to use lights on Sunday at the Eden Park.
New Zealand’s Home Schedule:
Windies Tour of New Zealand
December 1-5 – First Test, Wellington
December 9-13 – Second Test, Hamilton
December 20 – First ODI, Whangarei
December 23 – Second ODI, Christchurch
December 26 – Third ODI, Christchurch
December 29 – First T20, Nelson
January 1 – Second T20, Tauranga
January 3 – Third T20, Tauranga
Pakistan Tour of New Zealand
January 6 – First ODI, Wellington
January 9 – Second ODI, Nelson
January 13 – Third ODI, Dunedin
January 16 – Fourth ODI, Hamilton
January 19 – Fifth ODI, Wellington
January 22 – First T20, Wellington
January 25 – Second T20, Auckland
January 28 – Third T20, Tauranga
T20 Trans-Tasman Triangular Series
February 3 – Australia v New Zealand, SCG
February 7 – Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena
February 10 – Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG
February 14 – Fourth T20I – New Zealand v England, Wellington
February 16 – Fifth T20I – New Zealand v Australia, Eden Park
February 18 – New Zealand v England, Seddon Park
Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21
England Tour of New Zealand
February 25 – First ODI, Hamilton
February 28 – Second ODI, Napier
March 3 – Third ODI, Wellington
March 7 – Fourth ODI, Dunedin
March 10 – Fifth ODI, Christchurch
March 22-26 – First Test, Auckland
March 30-April 3 – Second Test, Christchurch