India’s tour to New Zealand early next year, which will comprise five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, will start with the first One-day International in Napier on January 23.
The opener will be followed by two matches in Mount Maunganui on January 26 and 28, Hamilton on Janaury 31 and the final 50-over game in Wellington on February 3.
The three-match T20 series will start on February 6 in Wellington, followed by matches in Auckland on February 8 and Hamilton on February 10.
Besides, the Indian women’s teams will also feature in three T20I double-headers in early February.
Prior to the T20Is, the Indian and New Zealand women’s teams will also square off in three ICC Women’s Championship fixtures that will help to identify seven direct qualifiers (excluding the hosts) for the 2021 Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
According to the fixture announced by New Zealand Cricket today, the men’s and women’s ODIs between India and New Zealand will be played over consecutive days in Napier, Mt Maunganui and Hamilton, and the T20s on the same days in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton.
NZC has also deferred the start of all games, barring the second T20I in Auckland on February 8, by one hour as per its agreement with India’s host broadcaster Star Sports.
While the first and third T20Is will begin at 8pm local time, the Auckland game will start an hour earlier.
The timing of Auckland T20I remained unchanged as there are restrictions on the number of events that can be held at night at Eden Park because of its proximity to residential areas.
“NZC would’ve liked to have scheduled more India matches at Eden Park in Auckland but was unable to do so because of restrictions at the venue,” NZC’s chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said.
All five ODIs between the men’s teams will start at 3pm local time.
The joint initiative is one of the highlights of a 2018-19 International schedule that features visits from the two India sides plus the India A team to New Zealand.
The India A side’s visit to New Zealand corresponds with NZC’s increased investment in the A programme, as announced in the new NZC-NZCPA Master Agreement, last week.
It will feature three four-dayers in Mt Maunganui, Seddon Park and Cobham Oval, respectively, and three 50-over fixtures – all to be played at the Bay Oval.
“It’s exciting to have the India men’s and women’s team here. The men are currently ranked No.2 in ODIs and T20s and the women arrive as ICC Cricket World Cup finalists,” the NZC COO added.
(With inputs from PTI)