India in New Zealand 2013-14 September 10, 2013

Napier to host India-tour opener

ESPNcricinfo staff

India will kick off their New Zealand tour in January with an ODI in Napier. Auckland and Wellington will host the two Tests later in February and have also been given an ODI each. Hamilton, which missed out on the Tests, has been awarded two ODIs, meaning India won't be playing any games in New Zealand's South Island.

NZC chief executive David White said the four ODI venues, the only ones in the country with permanent lights, were selected keeping in mind the international and domestic broadcasters' requests for day-night matches, as well as to cater to the needs of Indian fans in New Zealand.

"We felt that with the Tests in Wellington and Auckland, that Hamilton was the best spot for a second one-dayer with a large Indian population on their doorstep," White said. Auckland's Eden Park, with its bigger capacity, also edged out Hamilton's Seddon Park to stage the first Test from February 6-10, while the second will be played in the country's premier Test venue, the Basin Reserve in Wellington from February 14-18.

Hugh Henderson, the Central Districts chief executive, was delighted to be hosting the opening game in Napier. "The Indian team are a huge drawcard throughout the world so the opportunity to host them on a Sunday in January will be fantastic for the region."

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  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    The perfect tour would have been three of each of the three formats. Five one-dayers is far too many, T20 brings the crowds, and test cricket is the vital lifeblood of the game. It should also cover the whole country - the team's called New Zealand", not "North Island".

  • Rob on September 12, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    No matches at all in the south island !? Why oh why etc...

  • Naresh on September 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @sandip - you are wrong to assume that I bash Indian cricket in every forum. Just read some of my other posts. I am a staunch Indian supporter of cricket (NRI) and have been supporting cricket since the days of Gavaskar. India plays cricket as a sport generally better than many other nations of the world. My only concern here was that even after people like Dravid spoke of how Test's can be revived, we still are getting reduced number of tests being played. If you read through most of the comments here - the same general theme is being said - Why only two tests?

  • Ryan on September 11, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    come on now not a single game in the south island!!! even a game in queenstown or dunedin would be appreciated.

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Two matches in Hamilton and two in the sparsely occupied Eden Park... yet nothing in the South Island *at all*?

  • Bludging on September 10, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Get rid of the pointless one day fixtures that count for absolutely nothing, which noone ever remembers and replace it with another test match. The figures from tests stand for all time. ODI's are utterly pointless in this day and age.

    Fortunately the player's insist on keeping test cricket in order to save the game from cannibalising itself as some supporters on this forum seem to want to happen.

    If you only want short form cricket, have you considered following baseball?

  • naorem on September 10, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    this will be the perfect test for indian young batsman in test..specially,,,dhawan,pujara,kohli,,,against the discipline NZ bowler,,southee,boult,wagner.,,bracewell ,,who s looking to comeback in test....b4 this i want to c indian young batsman in SA...

  • VENKATACHALAM on September 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Is this the schedule approved by the BCCI or has the Kiwi Board jumped the gun?

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    No christchruch this time:-(

  • Ajai on September 10, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    As usual, inadequate preparation for the test series. Hope BCCI will insist on one three-day match. Even if there is a single three-day match it usually means something like 11 bat and 11 bowl out of 15 so it will not even be a first-class match.

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