The Indian men’s team tour of New Zealand next year has been postponed to the later stages of 2022. The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has a clustered schedule on its hands for the next season. It comprises hosting the ICC Women’s World Cup and three other touring men’s teams.
Virat Kohli and co. were scheduled to play a 3-match ODI series as part of the World Cup Super League. It’s part of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme to decide the qualifying spots for the 2023 ODI World Cup. An NZC spokesperson confirmed that the tour will be held much later in 2022.
The three teams that will tour the Kiwis will be The Netherlands, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Following that, the eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup commences on March 4 and concludes on April 3.
The MIQ issue that has forced the postponement of India’s tour of New Zealand
As part of the World Test Championship, New Zealand will tour India later this year. It will include two Tests and three T20Is and will end in late November. The Black Caps will return home and begin their 14 days of managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).
The period ends before Christmas and the players will be allowed to visit families before entering the bio-bubbles. This means the Bangladesh series can only start after December 28. The confirmation will be received once the NZC sets the home schedule.
Bangladesh will play two Tests and three T20Is, The Netherlands three ODI’s as part of Super League, and the Proteas two Tests and three T20Is. The Test matches will be part of the WTC 2021-23 cycle and the Kiwis are the defending champions.
The New Zealand government released its latest MIQ allocations for the months of January and February. Bangladesh has been granted 35 spots for their December tour, South Africa has 35 for the February tour and the Netherlands has 35 spots for their March tour.