India to play 5 ODIs, 3 T20Is in New Zealand from January 23- February 10

first_imgIndia remain the headline act of the New Zealand summer which will contain 40 days of international cricket, but top-ranked team will not play a Test against the Kiwis.Instead, India will meet New Zealand in five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches from January 23 till February 10.The Boxing Day Test match is back in New Zealand’s cricket calendar. They will host Sri Lanka in Christchurch in one of the highlights of a heavy domestic cricket schedule for the 2018-2019 summer.But a projected day-night Test against Bangladesh – which would have been the second pink ball Test in New Zealand after last season’s pioneering match against England at Eden Park – is off the schedule after a change of heart by Bangladesh officials.Sri Lanka will play two Tests and three ODIs in December (2018) and January (2019), before the India tour, and Bangladesh will round out the summer with three Tests and three one-dayers in February and March.Mitchell Santner is on the mend recovering from injury and he has a message for fans ahead of the home summer! | #CricketNation (@BLACKCAPS) July 31, 2018The decision to award the Boxing Day Test to Christchurch suggests New Zealand Cricket sees the South Island town’s Hagley Oval as New Zealand’s premier cricket venue, ahead of Eden Park which hosted a World Cup semifinal in 2015 and is the sport’s traditional home.Eden Park will host only two Twenty20 matches this summer, against Sri Lanka on Jan. 11 and India on Feb. 8 as New Zealand Cricket moves gradually towards an alternative cricket venue in Auckland. The 60,000-seat stadium is in a residential area and subject to restrictions around night-time events.advertisementHagley Park and Wellington’s Basin Reserve will each hold two of the five Tests New Zealand will play at home this summer and Hamilton’s Seddon Park will host the other.All the details for a summer schedule that features double-headers with the @WHITE_FERNS and a Boxing Day Test are here! | #CricketNation (@BLACKCAPS) July 31, 2018Bangladesh considered playing a day-night Test at Hamilton from Feb. 28 but has now rejected the proposal, citing insufficient preparation.”We were hopeful we would get it across the line but ultimately Bangladesh thought they weren’t prepared enough for it,” NZC chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said. “They haven’t played a day-night Test, nor have they had a lot of preparation in their own first class cricket. We respect that decision and I’m sure day-night cricket will continue.”The Boxing Day Test returns to the domestic schedule for the first time in several years, having been replaced recently by a one-day international on Dec. 26.(With AP inputs)last_img read more