India in New Zealand 2013-14 September 10, 2013

Napier to host India-tour opener

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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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  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 1:56 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".

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | September 12, 2013, 1:18 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 11, 2013, 8:55 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?

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 1:43 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | September 11, 2013, 0:37 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?

  • POSTED BY donnao on | September 10, 2013, 17:05 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...

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | September 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    No christchruch this time:-(

  • POSTED BY DEDKIK on | September 10, 2013, 13:02 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 1:56 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".

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | September 12, 2013, 1:18 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 11, 2013, 8:55 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?

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 1:43 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | September 11, 2013, 0:37 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?

  • POSTED BY donnao on | September 10, 2013, 17:05 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...

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | September 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    No christchruch this time:-(

  • POSTED BY DEDKIK on | September 10, 2013, 13:02 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.

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | September 10, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Feels almost as if international cricket is a dictatorship these days run by the BCCI. We (NZC) are the servants bowing to each and every one of their demands. Such a shame there is only 2 tests and 5 ODIs, when four years ago we got a full tour with 3 tests, 5 ODIs, and 2 T20s. I guess the only positive is we have a confirmed schedule, why are the ICC continually nowhere to be seen on these matters.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | September 10, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    playing tests is waste of time and will do no good for NZ cricket. 3 t20 could have done better had it take place.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | September 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @scottyg No one shows up in eden park! Good God!! Remember the thrilling final test between eng and nz which happened in feb this year. Well, I was one of the spectators and it was an absolute full house!!

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 10, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    how come Hamilton get 2 ODIs and Auckland get test and ODI while Dunedin has nothing.

  • POSTED BY scottyg on | September 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Why is Eden Park hosting a test? No one shows up, the boundaries are too short, the pitch is a drop in... surely they should be buidling an alternative cricket venue in Auckland?

  • POSTED BY ashwinkini77 on | September 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    One test and one t20 which was as per FTP is scrapped because of ACC's request to BCCI to host Asia cup

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    it would be better for india to send a youth team on the eye for 2015

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    It seems as if India is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at the moment and cricket boards are standing in line to get their share. It leaves a funny taste in the mouth. cricket is poorer for what 1 board of control can do to the world game. The ICC must take a responsibility for what is being done to the game.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @Naresh28

    This itinerary is prepared by NZ cricket board and not by Indian. As a host it is their rights to choose which is better for them. There is no point to criticize & malign IND cricket team directly or indirectly in every affair and forum. The cricket administration everywhere in the world do the same thing just because ODI attract more money than Tests. That doesn't mean Tests have no importance than ODIs. But most numbers of fans are not watching Tests on all five days. The fact is that Test conducted by every board (not England/Oz) are from profit gained from ODIs. The boards are helpless because of financial aspects of the game.

    By the Way, You need to get out of euphoria of bashing IND cricket in every forum.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Well atleast the tour itenary is out unlike the chaos irt SA tour. No warm ups at the start of the tour has bcome the norm, esp for teams like india which always r in hurry. And 2 tests is not going to serve any purpose for either teams. How can u expect test cricket to revive in countries like NZ, WI where the sport is already dying & the cricketers coming up the rank r queuing 2 sign various t20 leagues & rake in good mullah. I think this entire FTP is a sham & money/honey driven or else how can u justify 5 tests against one nation & 2 against other. god save test cricket or for that matter any cricket. FIFA & various football leagues r spreading their wings all over the world & cricket is witnessing petty board fights over scroing brown points. Hope the authorities realise b4 its too late.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Why 2 tests only? Is this a new Indian standard. Is there too much congestion in the FTP that tests are being drastically reduced?

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  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Why 2 tests only? Is this a new Indian standard. Is there too much congestion in the FTP that tests are being drastically reduced?

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Well atleast the tour itenary is out unlike the chaos irt SA tour. No warm ups at the start of the tour has bcome the norm, esp for teams like india which always r in hurry. And 2 tests is not going to serve any purpose for either teams. How can u expect test cricket to revive in countries like NZ, WI where the sport is already dying & the cricketers coming up the rank r queuing 2 sign various t20 leagues & rake in good mullah. I think this entire FTP is a sham & money/honey driven or else how can u justify 5 tests against one nation & 2 against other. god save test cricket or for that matter any cricket. FIFA & various football leagues r spreading their wings all over the world & cricket is witnessing petty board fights over scroing brown points. Hope the authorities realise b4 its too late.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @Naresh28

    This itinerary is prepared by NZ cricket board and not by Indian. As a host it is their rights to choose which is better for them. There is no point to criticize & malign IND cricket team directly or indirectly in every affair and forum. The cricket administration everywhere in the world do the same thing just because ODI attract more money than Tests. That doesn't mean Tests have no importance than ODIs. But most numbers of fans are not watching Tests on all five days. The fact is that Test conducted by every board (not England/Oz) are from profit gained from ODIs. The boards are helpless because of financial aspects of the game.

    By the Way, You need to get out of euphoria of bashing IND cricket in every forum.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    It seems as if India is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at the moment and cricket boards are standing in line to get their share. It leaves a funny taste in the mouth. cricket is poorer for what 1 board of control can do to the world game. The ICC must take a responsibility for what is being done to the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 10, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    it would be better for india to send a youth team on the eye for 2015

  • POSTED BY ashwinkini77 on | September 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    One test and one t20 which was as per FTP is scrapped because of ACC's request to BCCI to host Asia cup

  • POSTED BY scottyg on | September 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Why is Eden Park hosting a test? No one shows up, the boundaries are too short, the pitch is a drop in... surely they should be buidling an alternative cricket venue in Auckland?

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 10, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    how come Hamilton get 2 ODIs and Auckland get test and ODI while Dunedin has nothing.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | September 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @scottyg No one shows up in eden park! Good God!! Remember the thrilling final test between eng and nz which happened in feb this year. Well, I was one of the spectators and it was an absolute full house!!

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | September 10, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    playing tests is waste of time and will do no good for NZ cricket. 3 t20 could have done better had it take place.