T20I World Cup: As part of the New Zealand summer, New Zealand and Australia, the finalists of the T20 Men’s World Cup 2021, will play a three-match T20I series. Because the T20I series in March clashes with Australia’s Test series against Pakistan in Pakistan, players like Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood are likely to miss the New Zealand games.
In January-February, the two teams will play a three-match ODI series and a one-off T20I in Australia
Meanwhile, the women’s team will play India in a home series in February that will comprise a one-off T20I and five One-Day Internationals as a warm-up for the Women’s 50-over World Cup, which will also be held in New Zealand in March-April 2022. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Women’s World Cup was postponed by a year.
The men’s squad will play Bangladesh in a two-Test series in January. Followed by two Tests against South Africa in March, according to the New Zealand cricket board. The World Test Championship will include all four Tests.
In March-April, New Zealand’s men’s team will welcome the Netherlands for a one-off T20I and three One-Day Internationals. The ICC ODI Super League will include these three ODIs, as well as those against Australia.
The delay in the publication of the summer timetable was explained by NZC chief executive David White:
“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.
“The India series is a crucial part of the White Ferns’ World Cup preparations. The four Tests are very important for the Blackcaps in terms of their World Test Championship defense. And, as part of the ICC Super League, the Blackcaps’ six ODIs carry similar significance,” added White.
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