New Zealand-West Indies Schedule Revealed
The West Indies will tour New Zealand to play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in December and January.
They will begin the tour with the three Tests in Dunedin, Wellington and Napier before the ODI series will see the Paxton Oval in Nelson make its men's international debut.
The tour, which begins on 3rd December, will end in Auckland and Wellington with the brace of Twenty20 games on 11th and 15th January.
The schedule has been designed to take the action around New Zealand's most popular holiday spots during the festive period.
"It will be fantastic to see the BLACKCAPS playing in these hotspots and we’re hopeful the holiday crowds will be out in force to support their national side," New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Officer David White said.
"And we're delighted to bring Boxing Day action back to our biggest city as these matches at Eden Park have been really successful in the past."
The Saxton Oval in Nelson has previously hosted women's internationals and is scheduled to host three matches at the 2015 World Cup but 4th January is the date all associated with the ground will be looking forward to.
"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," Ed Shuttleworth, Nelson Cricket Association General Manager, said.
"The legacy of international cricket will be significant with participation increasing and kids being inspired by seeing the BLACKCAPS in their home town."
Following the West Indies series, New Zealand will then host India although series dates are yet to be confirmed.
"I have to admit discussions with the Board of Cricket Control for India have taken longer than we hoped but we should be able to announce the tour schedule in the next few weeks," White added.
New Zealand v West Indies
3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
26th December: 1st One-Day International, Auckland
29th December: 2nd One-Day International, Napier
1st January: 3rd One-Day International, Queenstown
4th January: 4th One-Day International, Nelson
8th January: 5th One-Day International, Hamilton
11th January: 1st Twenty20 International, Auckland
14th January: 2nd Twenty20 International, Wellington
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