• NZ to host big summer of cricket

    New Zealand have confirmed their plans for an exciting and action-packed summer of international cricket with Australia, West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh all set to tour the country.

    New Zealand Cricket is busy negotiating with the country’s government hoping to create a well-structured bio-secure environment in which to welcome the visiting teams.

    Given the massive strides the country made in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, it should prove one of the safest places to travel to in terms of cricket.

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    NZC CEO David White said they are hoping to create a similar bubble to the one the English Cricket Board (ECB) recently established for the tours of West Indies and Pakistan.

    ‘We are making tremendous progress. I was just on the phone to the West Indies – they’re confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh … so, 37 days of international cricket,’ White said at a media conference in Auckland.

    ‘The White Ferns will tour Australia in September and then the Australia Women’s team will tour New Zealand in February. We are just working through the content, but probably five ODIs and three T20Is.

    ‘We’ll just be held up for a week or two while we work with the government agencies on the managed isolation but they’ve been extremely supportive.’

    As originally scheduled on the Future Tours programme, the West Indies and Pakistan are due for Tests and T20I series, while Bangladesh will conduct a tour that includes ODIs and T20Is.

    Australia are only set for a T20I series, although all these limited-overs fixtures are yet to be confirmed, given the postponement of the T20 World Cup.


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