Queenstown, Dunedin games in schedule

The White Ferns will return to Queenstown for the first time in 12 years with back-to-back games against India in February.

And Dunedin will host a one-day international between the Black Caps and the Netherlands in March.

It is going to be a bumper year for cricket in New Zealand, with the highlight being the Women’s World Cup which gets under way in early March.

And the defending world test champion Black Caps will have an opportunity to create history against South Africa.

The Black Caps have never beaten South Africa in a test series at home or away.

They host the Proteas in two tests in late February-early March.

Those fixtures will be hosted at Hagley Oval and Basin Reserve respectively.

The Black Caps also have two tests against Bangladesh in January.

They then skip across the Tasman to play a three-game ODI series and one T20 match against Australia in late January-February.

The Indian women’s team arrive in February for a T20 game and five ODIs against the White Ferns.

That will be valuable preparation for both teams ahead of the World Cup.

Games four and five of the ODI series will be staged the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on February 22 and 24.

Australia has a brief tour in March for three T20s and the Black Caps will host the Netherlands in a T20 and three ODIs in March and April.

Dunedin’s University Oval will host the opening ODI against the Dutch on March 29.

The White Ferns have not played at the venue since 2010 when they lost to Australia by two wickets.

All four Black Caps tests will be part of the team’s World Test Championship defence, and all of their ODIs through the home summer will carry ICC Super League status, which determines automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2023.

The ICC Women’s World Cup, which was postponed for a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be contested through March into early April.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the delay in announcing the home schedule was due to complication caused by Covid-19.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements,” he said.

“Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to, these games.’’

Tickets for fixtures will go on sale early December.

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