Team India will travel to New Zealand for a second year in a row for a full-fledged series against the Black Caps during the 2019-20 season. India had travelled to New Zealand earlier this year but had only played ODIs and T20Is. The Men in Blue had won the ODI series 4-1 before the hosts won the succeeding T20Is 2-1.
In the upcoming season, New Zealand will host the likes of England, India and Australia. New Zealand, on Friday, announced their home programme for 2019/20 campaign, which runs nearly five months, between November and April. The season will start with England playing five T20s and two tests – the first at Mt Maunganui’s Bay Oval, which will become New Zealand’s ninth test venue.
New Zealand will then travel to Australia for three Tests before hosting India in a blockbuster tour that includes five T20s, three ODIs and two tests at Wellington’s Basin Reserve and Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The Kane Williamson-led side will then fly back to Australia for three ODIs, before returning home to face their trans-Tasman rivals in three T20s.
NZC chief executive David White expressed his delight over the bumper home season, saying:
“We’re simply delighted with the way it’s all fitted together,” he said.
“We’re particularly thrilled for all those involved in securing Bay Oval as New Zealand’s ninth test venue. A lot of people have worked hard for this recognition and I’m sure the venue will continue to go from strength to strength,” he added.
Here is the schedule of India’s Tour of New Zealand 2019/20:
Jan 24: T20 at Eden Park, Auckland
Jan 26: T20 at Eden Park, Auckland
Jan 29: T20 at Seddon Park
Jan 31: T20 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
February 2: T20 at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui
Feb 5: ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton
Feb 8: ODI at Eden Park, Auckland
Feb 11: ODI at Bay Oval, Tauranga
Feb 21-25: Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington
Feb 29-Mar 4: Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch