New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has finally confirmed the beginning of its home season starting with the T20I series against West Indies. The T20I series against West Indies has been scheduled to begin from November 27 next month.
It will also mark the return of the men’s cricket in the country as women’s cricket is already playing against Australia. NZC also stated that men’s team will be hosting both West Indies and Pakistan between November and January next year.
The Black Caps will play three-match T20I series while two Test matches against West Indies between November and December mid.
After that, they will play as many Tests and T20I matches against Pakistan, followed by the series against Australia and Bangladesh between February-March.
“I’m thrilled to be making this announcement today, given the uncertainty and difficulties over the past six or seven months,” NZC CEO David White said in a statement.
“Hosting these tours is incredibly important to us for two reasons: international cricket brings in revenue that funds the entire game of cricket in New Zealand and, also, it’s crucial that we look after the fans of the game and sport in general, especially during these difficult times,” he added.
The T20I series against Australia will comprise of five matches and it will begin from February 22 till March 7. They will still have one series against Bangladesh lined up featuring three-match ODI and as many T20I matches series in March.
“The same goes for the West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh and England – right across the board in cricket there’s been a real spirit of cooperation,” he added.
The entire home season fixture has only been possible after the New Zealand government approved the resumption.