July 4, 2003

Indian venues decided but order unknown for NZ

New Zealand will play their Test matches on the tour of India in September-October in Mohali and Kanpur, although in which order is still to be decided.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the itinerary for the tour yesterday. Kanpur was the venue for New Zealand's only Test loss on their last tour in 1999.

New Zealand, who will be coached on tour by New Zealand Cricket's player development manager Ashley Ross, because newly-appointed coach John Bracewell will not start in his new position until November 1, start their tour on September 23.

They have two three-day warm-up matches against a Board President's XI and an India A side in Visakhapatnam and Rajkot respectively.

The tour also includes a one-day tri-series against the World Cup finalists Australia and India.

The itinerary is:

September 26-28 - New Zealand v Indian Board President's XI at Visakhapatnam

October 2-4 - New Zealand v India A at Rajkot

October 8-12 - First Test, New Zealand v India at Mohali or Kanpur

October 16-20 - Second Test, New Zealand v India at Mohali or Kanpur

One-day tri-series: (all day/night)

October 23 - India v New Zealand at Chennai

October 26 - India v Australia at Gwalior

October 29 - Australia v New Zealand at Faridabad

November 1 - India v Australia at Mumbai

November 3 - Australia v New Zealand at Pune

November 6 - India v New Zealand at Cuttack

November 9 - Australia v New Zealand at Guwahati

November 12 - India v Australia at Bangalore

November 15 - India v New Zealand at Hyderabad

November 18 - Final at Calcutta