BCCI has announced the schedule for the home series against the visiting New Zealand team who will travel to India for a month-long tour to and will participate in three test matches followed by five One-day clashes. Green Park, which last hosted a test match in 2009, will host the first Test against the Kiwis whereas the Eden Gardens of Kolkata will host the second test. The Test series will conclude in Holkar Stadium, Indore. There were speculations that the Eden test might be a pink ball test but the BCCI has put an end to all the rumours with an official press release.
After wrapping up the Test matches both the teams will don the coloured clothing and will play the white ball matches. Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam will host the one-day encounters. All the matches will be day matches and no day-night matches are scheduled which comes as a surprise.
New Zealand team last travelled to India in the year 2012 to play two matches test series followed by two T20I. Indian team white washed the Kiwis in the test series. The Indian team continued their track record in T20 series and again suffered a defeat in the shortest format of the game.
The series also marked the comeback of Yuvraj Singh in international cricket after a period of almost one year. The veteran batsman V.V.S. Laxman decided to retire just before the start of test series which gave birth to a small controversy.
Indian team too travelled to New Zealand in the first month of the year 2014 only to lose the five Matches ODI series by 4-0 followed by a loss and a draw in the test series.
The test series will only be the second home series for test Captain Virat Kohli.
Here is the schedule for NZ’s tour of India 2016:
Match Date Venue
First test September 22-26 Green Park Stadium, Kanpur
Second test September 30 – October 4 Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Third test October 8-12 Holkar stadium, Indore
First ODI October 16 HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Second ODI October 19 Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
Third ODI October 23 PCA Stadium, Mohali
Fourth ODI October 26 JSCA International stadium, Ranchi
Fifth ODI October 29 DR. YSR Stadium, Vizag