Nagpur to host 3rd New Zealand-India Test

Wellington: Nagpur has replaced Mumbai as the venue of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand in November because Mumbai`s Wankhede Stadium is under renovation.

The first Test will be played at Ahmedabad from Nov. 4-8 and the second at Kanpur from Nov. 12-16.

Mumbai was to be the venue for the third Test from Nov. 20-24, but the local cricket association said it could not host the match because of renovations to its stadium ahead of next year`s World Cup.

New Zealand will play five limited-overs internationals on tour, at Guwahati on Nov. 28, Mohali on Dec. 1, Hyderabad on Dec. 4, Begaluru on Dec. 7 and Chennai on Dec. 10.

India is hosting Australia for Two tests and three limited-overs internationals in October. The New Zealand squad will leave for Darwin, Australia this week for a series of warm-up matches ahead of its limited overs tri-series against Sri Lanka and India in Sri Lanka.

New Zealand will play Indian provincial team Maharashtra in three 50 overs matches as it attempts to acclimatize to warmer Sri Lankan conditions. The matches will be played on July 26, 28 and 30 and New Zealand will fly to Sri Lanka on Aug. 1 ahead of its first tri-series match against India at Dambulla on Aug. 10.

"It will be a challenging few days (in Darwin) against some handy opposition," New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch said. "The guys are itching to get out there against Maharashtra and get some game time under their belts."

"Net training is useful but match practice is different and will be vitally important for our guys."

Bureau Report


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