West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 August 12, 2013

Nelson to host maiden one-day international

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nelson will host its first ever men's international match when West Indies tour New Zealand in December-January for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s. The Saxton Oval, which had earlier hosted a women's international T20 in 2010-11, will also host three group matches in the 2015 World Cup.

West Indies' tour begins with the Tests in Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton, followed by the ODIs and T20s. Though no warm-up games were scheduled, ESPNcricinfo understands that there is likely to be a three-day game in late November, before the Tests. Auckland's Eden Park will host the first ODI on Boxing Day, while Queenstown and Nelson will host the third and fourth games on New Year's day and January 4 respectively.

Nelson Cricket Association general manager Ed Shuttleworth said the chance to host a major international will be a boost for cricket in the South Island town.

"To bring international cricket to our region has been a goal for many years and achieving this is a moment of real pride for all those involved in developing cricket and the facilities in the region," Shuttleworth said. "The legacy of international cricket will be significant with participation increasing and kids being inspired by seeing the Blackcaps in their home town."

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said the intention was to build an annual series of matches at popular holiday destinations like Nelson and Queenstown.

White said there had been no progress in the schedule for the proposed tour by India, in the second half of the New Zealand summer.

"I have to admit discussions with the BCCI have taken longer than we hoped, but we should be able to announce the tour schedule in the next few weeks," White said.

West Indies last toured New Zealand in 2008-09, drawing the two Test series 0-0 but losing the ODIs and T20s 2-1 and 0-1 respectively.

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  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    west indies might win a odi match ,can't expect any test wins from this team ,same for t20s , i think narine will be slaughtered in new zealand ,bravo has a dismal batting record in new zealand ,gatle did a little better the last time he toured ,but young bravo, chanders ans powell have great roles to play if they are to win ,a fit roach should be a handful but shillingford should be selected ahead of narine orwith narine ,and they should net bowl in tandem,for narine to get wickets ,he has to flight the ball and vary his speeds every now and again ,an pop in the odd variation ,the key is accuracy and he hasnt displayed that in past test matches while shillingford thrives on accuracy

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Re sniff leather Tino who ?common you must not be following West Indies cricket . Tino best has been s total waste and cannot compare to Ravi ram paul who had a better test record .

  • jared on August 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    @ EnglishCricket, your right mate cricket in this country will always be a distant 2nd to rugby and we just don't get the crowds to the games anymore, especially test match cricket sadly which seems to be dying a slow and painfull death, it will always be the pinnacle for fans like me but sadly im the minority in this country. This is why more boutique grounds like saxton oval need to be developed so games arn't played in the giant, concrete, empty rugby stadiums offering no atmosphere at all. More family friendly grounds like this one should attract decent crowds and maybe increase the games popularity and who knows maybe improve the ratings in the future

  • Mihir on August 12, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Good Kiwi's and Windies are playing 3Test Matches

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Can anyone even remember a T20 series result? I didn't think so

  • Carl on August 12, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Re: ARJa

    West Indies would definitely lose...? Really...? How so...?

    Their test performances over the last two years or so have been very good. A win streak that may well extend come the winter.

    I do agree with you that is is great to see them playing REAL cricket again though, especially after all this shortened format nonsense tri-nations, ODIs and T20s we are incessantly bombarded with nowadays.

    They need to blood Delorn Johnson, Miguel Cummins Jason Holder and/or Ronsford Beaton in the test squad - these young guys have a great chance to develop into dangerous quicks and simply must be selected as soon as possible. NZ wickets will offer encouragement too, another reason for the inclusion of some youngsters to bolster the attack led by Roach and Best. Forget Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul, new blood is required.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    West Indies must host Sri Lanka, late February 2014, for the Testy series that was to be held in 2013 so that they can have a T20 series before the T20 World Cup as a preparation for same.

  • Joe on August 12, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    New Zealand doesn't really attract much of crowd unless its a team like Australia or England touring but even with them its not jam packed in either form. Wonder how much ratings this series will get. Played each other last year didn't they?

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    3 tests nowadays big surprise tests less 2 much poor odis

  • Amila on August 12, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Windies would definately end up losing this series. But it is good to see that they are playing Test Cricket for a change.