New Zealand news September 2, 2013

India's NZ tour advanced to January

ESPNcricinfo staff

India will tour New Zealand for a month in mid-January for five ODIs and two Tests, with the first one-dayer to be played on January 19 and the second Test ending on February 18. New Zealand Cricket's release came a day after the BCCI's working committee approved the tour. The announcement increased the uncertainty surrounding India's South Africa tour in November, the itinerary of which is yet to be finalised.

The New Zealand tour was scheduled to begin in early February, according to the ICC Future Tours Programme, but will now start around two to three weeks earlier, eating into the time allotted for the South Africa tour. In fact, according to the itinerary announced by Cricket South Africa in July, and objected to by the BCCI, the third and final Test in Johannesburg was to end on January 19, the day on which India will now be thousands of miles away commencing their New Zealand sojourn.

The make-up of the South Africa trip had already been put in doubt after it was left out of a list of upcoming series announced by the BCCI a day ago, which included a freshly-planned home Test series against West Indies in November.

West Indies will then will travel to New Zealand after playing in the subcontinent, for a series that starts on December 3 and ends on January 15, four days before the home team's first game against India.

David White, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, said he was unaware about the itinerary of India's tour of South Africa but added that NZC had finalised the dates only after discussions with the BCCI. White did not want to speculate on why the BCCI's release on Sunday had not included the dates but confirmed both boards had worked together on the final itinerary. "Those dates have been signed off with the BCCI. We had been in discussions just before the (BCCI) working committee meeting and worked through the dates and that was ratified at the meeting," White told ESPNcricinfo.

He was understandably pleased about the prospects of a tour that is likely to be a money-spinner for his board. "It's brilliant that the Black Caps will be playing five ODIs against the world's top one-day side given the proximity of the World Cup in 2015," White said. While the boards have stuck to the five ODIs as laid out in the FTP, the originally scheduled three Tests have been cut down to two, while the Twenty20 international has been done away with. The venues will be confirmed in a week or so, NZC said.

India last toured New Zealand from February to April 2009 for a longer trip consisting of two T20s followed by five ODIs and ending with three Tests. While New Zealand won both T20s, India took the ODIs 3-1 and the Tests 1-0.

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  • Nanda Kumar on September 4, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Folks. For all its faults BCCI wanted to honour its commitment to NZC and advanced the tour. One also needs to keep in mind that India wanted to play the Asia Cup and hence the window had to be squeezed. Between 3 tests and 3 ODI or 2 tests and 5 ODI I suspect that NZC would have preferred the latter , given that ODI's are revenue earners. Just hounding BCCI may not be right and it will be interesting to hear which options NZC considered and arrived at the final schedule. I think my conjecture of 5 ODI's and 2 tests being acceptable by NZC may be right.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    some ppl need to harden up and think positively about fixtures...Sir Richard Hadlee was in banglore not so long ago and he himself agreed that NZ should play stronger cricketing nations like India, SA, Aus and Eng more often. Now when India is ready to tour, why negative comments ?????also never forget that no one can clap with one hand. Every action has equal and opposite reaction. something that CSA has done which attracted these steps. Enough said I guess!

  • giridhar on September 3, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    While I was disappointed with SA series progress. I am happy with the NZ series that too one day series. Considering the fact next WC is in Aus-NZ.Best bcci can do. Now this will show how rohit,dhawan,virat,dk,jaddu,ashwin,raina performs. Good Luck India.

  • Ashok on September 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    In my opinion the NZCB has drawn up the best & most sporting Itinerary for Indian Tour of NZ. ODI's preceding tests gives India a fair chance to acclimatize to the NZ conditions. However, It is difficult to understand the proliferation of (Test + ODI) series- 3 in a row- by BCCI.WI tour India for a Test series 8 weeks before India play SA in Dec. in a Test series before proceeding to NZ for the final test series starting Jan.19. - i.e. from Oct. 2013 to Feb. 2014, 3 Test series - 2 of them abroad. Unless India decide to field 2 separate squads- one for the home series + another for SA/NZ leg, it will be too much stress on the players. Dhoni has been playing non stop till the obvious resulting injury forced him to take a break. Fortunately India rested some of its regulars like Kohli, Jadeja, B.Kumar, Yadev, Ashwin & Ishant. But other stars like Dhawan, Raina, Rohit have been playing non stop. Can India risk injuries to their stars like Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli + bowlers before SA Tour?

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Well well ..... India has the track record of struggling in NZ pitches !! Hope this time we see something different.....

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @thoughtful_blabber:have you ever been thoughtful in your life mate test cricket neutral in the countries you mentioned are you joking aus, eng and sa as soon as they see a sub continent team touring they prepare green tops for their advantage so what's wrong with sub continent teams preparing spinning tracks, if the aussies, poms and the saffas can't play spin they should stop playing cricket.

    Sub continental teams never complain about playing on green tops so why do you whine about playing on spinning tracks.

  • Srinivasan on September 3, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @thoughtful_blabber: Gimme a break! SA pitches are nothing but a grazing field where even 3-5 cows will struggle to graze the pitch. The people who are complaining about the dustowls are the ones who struggle on it. Everybody knows why SA doesn't play more than 2 tests in sub-continent. Regarding the sub-continent team's performance in SA, the same can be said about SA in Asia too. The last 2 drawn series in India was due to the flat pitch, the next time SA comes, we won't be generous in serving featherbeds as Aus found out.

  • Thulasidoss on September 3, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    To: Farce-Follower: India is not at all afraid of any team...It has won T20 World cup, World Cup and Champions Trophy...In fact, all other cricket teams are afraid of India...MSD is such a talented and shrewd captain, who has, in his kitty, very talented players such as Kohli, Dhawan, Raina and himself in the batting and Ishant, Ashwin and Mohit Sharma in bowling, besides a genuine all rounder in Jadeja...

  • Kunal on September 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: Mate, the score line you are indicating might be from the novice level of EA Sports version. When was the last time SA lost 0-2 to ANY of the subcontinental teams? And FYI, test cricket is far more neutral in Aus / Eng and SA where ball and bat compete, unlike the day 1 dust bowls in India

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    South Africa can play with Sri Lanka, in SL.