The New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to tour India just after the T20 World Cup 2021.
New Zealand will be playing three T20 International matches followed by a couple of Test matches.
New Zealand cricket team manager Mike Sandle and COVID-19 manager Andrew Love were part of a recce team visiting Eden Gardens, the venue for the final T20I match, in Kolkata.
New Zealand to prepare for Test matches at Jadavpur University second campus venue: CAB
Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya confirmed that the Black Caps will be practicing in Kolkata for the two-match Test series.
“The Test team would be practicing at Jadavpur University second campus venue,” Dalmiya said, as reported by news agency PTI.
“The recce team expressed satisfaction after seeing the facilities and bio bubble arrangements norms at the venue,” he added.
This will be the first time that international cricket will return to Kolkata after it staged the first Day-Night Test match in India in November, 2019.
CAB secretary Snehashis Ganguly said they will ensure the safety of the players is not compromised in the bio-secure bubble.
“We understand the importance of the safety of the players. We have the experience of holding matches in bio-bubble and will make sure that everything is in place,” Ganguly said.
New Zealand, India in contention for semi-final spot in T20 World Cup
New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets in the Group 2 fixture of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup and will be in stiff competition with India to seal a second spot with Pakistan in the semis.
Kane Williamson & co are two points ahead of India and will play their final group stage game against Afghanistan, who are on four points and still in the race of qualification.
If New Zealand loses to Afghanistan, India will have a great chance to make it through the knockout stage as they will have a better idea to win with a heavy win in their final fixture against Namibia on November 8.