India in New Zealand 2008-09

India to play extra Test and Twenty20 in NZ

Cricinfo staff

January 15, 2009

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Revised schedule
  • 1st Twenty20 international- February 25, Christchurch
  • 2nd Twenty20 international- February 27, Wellington
  • 1st ODI- March 3, Napier
  • 2nd ODI- March 6, Wellington
  • 3rd ODI- March 8, Christchurch
  • 4th ODI- March 11, Hamilton
  • 5th ODI- March 14, Auckland
  • 1st Test- March 18-22, Hamilton
  • 2nd Test- March 26-30, Napier
  • 3rd Test- April 3-7, Wellington
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India's tour of New Zealand has been extended to include a third Test and a second Twenty20 international. The extra fixtures have been included at the expense of the tour match which means India will have no practice games during their visit that includes two Twenty20 matches, five ODIs and three Tests.

India will arrive in New Zealand on February 20, eight days earlier than originally scheduled, and will begin the tour with a Twenty20 match in Christchurch on February 25. Napier will host the additional Test, the second of the three-match series, from March 26 to 30. The reworked schedule resulted in the dates for the second Twenty20 game and the first three ODIs being brought forward. The three-day warm-up match against a New Zealand XI in Lincoln between the ODIs and Tests has also been scrapped.

BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said he was delighted that both the boards were able to agree on an extended tour. "My thanks go to New Zealand Cricket for responding positively to our request for an extended Test series," he said. "There have been a number of issues for both boards to resolve to accommodate the new schedule and I am pleased we have been able to work together to achieve a high quality programme. To have such a strong mix of Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s will be good for both teams, and for cricket followers in India and New Zealand."

NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said the opportunity for an extended tour by India was great for the game in New Zealand. "India are probably the most exciting side in the world at present - packed with superstar players, and the chance to see six more days of high quality international competition will be welcomed by all New Zealand cricket fans, and give our team a great chance to prove themselves against the world's best," he said.

"We have worked hard to keep as much of the schedule as possible intact - the result is a tour where more fans will be able to see more games in more places."

India last toured New Zealand in 2002-03 and were beaten 0-2 in the Tests and 2-5 in the ODIs.

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Posted by nasersid on (January 16, 2009, 15:22 GMT)

I think it will be a difficult series for Indian batsmen if the wickets are as bouncy and pacy as they had the last tour of 2002/2003 I remember the bowlers like Danny Morrison were difficult to handle then. But if India prevails the change of conditions and different nature of wicket then truly they will emerge as next leaders of the game. I am all excited for this one.

Posted by liampower125 on (January 16, 2009, 12:42 GMT)

Its obvious that the BCCI are just trying to pull the trick they have played on england, sri lanka and australia, and that trick is just trying to lure overseas drawcards into the IPL. The BCCI are going to be in for a shock when they find out how badly India will go in this upcoming series, mostly becasue they are going to have no idea when it comes to the kiwi conditions. Besides its only a matter of time before Dhoni, Tendulkar, Sehwag etc express the hatred towards the BCCI and their crazy ideas that cricket should be played every day of the year from 7.30 in the morning until 10.00 at night.

Posted by Parth_Pala on (January 16, 2009, 9:04 GMT)

Luks - that is the stupidest comment I have seen in a while. Here is a more reasonable explanation . With the cancellation of Pakistan series BCCI has lost on huge amounts of revenue. By having the extra games which along with a test ALSO includes a T20 which Tendulkar does not play....will mean gaining back some of that lost revenue. Its simple business tactics as opposed to self rightoeus ones. It doesn't help the players but hey India have beaten enough teams recently without any real practice and NZ let's face it are on par to be the second worst team , it is between them and West Indies.

Posted by luks on (January 16, 2009, 1:33 GMT)

Who's willing to bet that the extra test is because Ponting is catching up with Tendulkar in the number of centuries in tests. And, the fact that Aussies have a lot of tests coming up while India doesn't have as many.

It is extremely atypical to do away with the one and only tour game.

Also, in the past Indian tour extensions have typically been in terms of additional one dayers. An additional test in NZ I don't think has much more commercial value for BCCI as a couple of one dayers or maybe another T20 game.

All this points to the Tendulkar/Ponting hypothesis in my view. Hopefully, its a ridiculous hypothesis but can't help think about it!!

Posted by kapsy on (January 16, 2009, 1:21 GMT)

The BCCI has played right into the hands of it Kiwis by abandoning practice matches. The Kiwis are probably the most difficult side to beat on their home turf. They under-prepare their pitches and turn them into mine-fields that only they themselves can play on. The Indians have their work cut out for them.

Let's hope that it's an exciting series....(although I can visualise the Indians returning home with their tails tucked between their legs.)

Posted by royalbob on (January 16, 2009, 0:17 GMT)

The momentum is with India and SA, especially both teams have beaten Australia. Indians have beaten Australians and England teams recently. The present form of Indian cricketers like Sachin,Gambir,Shewag and Zaheer is so freighting that no team can stand in their way now. If Indians can win in NZ them they on the way to be a top team sooner or later.

Indians are at good form in one dayers also,especially after beating England 5-0

Posted by Hendo007 on (January 16, 2009, 0:06 GMT)

Tests that late in the year, ha! One will be rained out and the third test will finish at 4pm every night with bad light.

Posted by audi1 on (January 15, 2009, 22:11 GMT)

Great to see India for longer but who has Christchurch upset, Napier seems to be getting plenty of tests and ODI's etc with games there from the Windies tour and now India and pretty unimpressive crowds and ChCh gets crumbs in the rain and still turn out in reasonable numbers. It sucks

Posted by svenkat02 on (January 15, 2009, 20:58 GMT)

I dont think NZ is that great a side for India to not get used to the conditions without losing badly. We have two T20's to get our feet moving in New Zealand. By the time the ODI's start, we should be ready to roll over NZ in the ODI's and the test matches. And also, it gives the BCCI chance to earn some good money from the T20's. I think the T20's should be considered as the practice games. Our ODI XI should play the T20 to get used and then get into the ODI's

Posted by royalbob on (January 15, 2009, 20:58 GMT)

Great news, I am for more cricket with NZ and Indian teams.Its been a long time since Indian visited NZ,So I am eagerly looking forward to this India-NZ series for some excellent cricket. I hope this will be a good series played in good atmosphere and spirit.

All the best to Indian team,they have good chances to win this series.

Are India right to ditch a tour match and go straight into internationals?
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