India to kick off New Zealand tour in Napier

Updated: 10 September 2013 10:22 IST

The tour, which includes five ODIs, a two-day practice game - between the end of the ODI series and the start of the Tests - and two Test matches, will end with the final Test in Wellington.

India to kick off New Zealand tour in Napier

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India will begin their tour of New Zealand with the first One-Day International at McLean Park in Napier on January 19, 2014.


The tour, which includes five ODIs, a two-day practice game - between the end of the ODI series and the start of the Tests - and two Test matches, will end with the final Test in Wellington from February 14 to 18.

"The Indian team are a huge draw card throughout the world, so the opportunity to host them on a Sunday in January will be fantastic for the region," Hugh Henderson, the Chief Executive of Central Districts, said on hosting the first game in Napier.

David White, New Zealand Cricket's Chief Executive, said he was confident it would be an Indian feast over the summer. Owing to a large Indian population in Hamilton, Seddon Park was selected to host the second and fourth ODIs.

"We felt that with the Tests in Wellington and Auckland, Hamilton was the best spot for a second one-dayer with a large Indian population on their doorstep," he said.

Peter Roach, the Chief Executive of the Northern Districts whose home Hamilton is, expressed delight at hosting India on two occasions. "Seddon Park will soon feel like a second home to the Indian team as they are also scheduled for a Cricket World Cup fixture in Hamilton in 2015," he said.

Roach added that India were a much-loved team with a large number of passionate supporters, and the fans will be eager to see how New Zealand fare after their recent success in one-dayers, a year ahead of the World Cup. New Zealand won the ODI series against England in June this year.

Due to a request by domestic and international broadcasters that the ODIs be played under lights, only four cricket grounds with permanent lights were in contention for the limited-overs games.

The ODI series will culminate at WestPac Stadium in Wellington on January 31 before a two-day tour game at Cobham Oval at Whangarei.

Eden Park will host the first Test, given that more than 39,000 fans turned up for the final Test of England's tour of New Zealand which ended in a thrilling draw earlier this year. Basin Reserve in Wellington will be the venue of the second Test, the last match of the tour.

India last toured New Zealand in 2009, when they won the Test series 1-0. It was India's first series win in New Zealand in 41 years.

Schedule:
January 19, 2014: I ODI (McLean Park, Napier). January 22: II ODI (Seddon Park, Hamilton). January 25: III ODI (Eden Park, Auckland). January 28: IV ODI (Seddon Park, Hamilton). January 31: V ODI (WestPac Stadium, Wellington). February 2-3: Two-day game (Cobham Oval, Whangarei). February 6-10: I Test (Eden Park, Auckland). February 14-18: II Test (Basin Reserve, Wellington).



Topics : Cricket New Zealand India
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