New Zealand Cricket (NZC) spokesperson confirmed that India’s tour of New Zealand, which was supposed to be a part of the upcoming New Zealand summer, has now been postponed until 2022. The Virat Kohli-led side were set to play three ODIs against the Kiwis as per the International Cricket Council’s Future Tour Programme. This series was also a part of the Super League for qualifying for the 2023 edition of the World Cup in India.
According to reports, the tour will be scheduled post the conclusion of the 2022 World T20 in Australia. This means that Netherlands, South Africa and Bangladesh are the only three visiting teams in New Zealand after the 2021 T20 World Cup. Also, New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2022.
The decision was taken after the New Zealand Government released the latest MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) on September 15.
New Zealand cricket heading towards a Jam-packed schedule
Since the World Test Championship Final, Kiwis have not played much cricket. However, they are heading towards a hectic 3-4 months of cricket. A second string black caps team played a five match T20I series against Bangladesh recently. Now, the second string team will tour Pakistan for a white ball series. Other Kiwi players will travel to UAE for the second leg of IPL.
Post the IPL, the Kiwis will participate in the ICC World T20 at the same venue. Following the tournament, they will tour India for two tests and three T20Is. Hence, when the players return to their home soil in December, they will have to go to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
The Indian players have a tighter schedule waiting for them. The test players recently toured England for a Test series. Now, they will participate in the IPL and T20 World Cup in UAE. The Indian team is also supposed to travel to South Africa after the New Zealand series.