New Zealand’s summer of cricket

Published on : Friday, December 20, 2013

McLean-Park-NapierCricket fans have 37 days of international matches to choose from throughout New Zealand this 2013/14 summer as the country’s host cities gear up for the Cricket World Cup in 2015.

The season gets under way with the West Indies tour in December and is followed by a series against India starting on 19 January. Play will be concentrated in the North Island with one-day games in the South Island holiday resort of Queenstown and further north in Nelson during January.

World Cup venues including Seddon Park in Hamilton, Eden Park Auckland, McLean Park Napier, Saxton Oval Nelson and Westpac Stadium in Wellington will all host games between New Zealand’s BLACKCAPS and visiting teams this summer.

The schedule will give international cricket media and fans an idea of what the host regions offer Cup visitors and the ease of access between venues. New Zealand’s compact nature and relatively small population simplifies travel and with diverse landscapes and a variety of tourist attractions visitors can enjoy an exciting holiday as well as watching the world’s best cricket.

Opening in Napier
The BLACKAPS play three tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s against the West Indies before their opening match against India in Napier. The Indian cricket series comprises five one-dayers and two test matches to be played in Auckland and Wellington.

The Indian tour will see test cricket return to Eden Park after the successful 2013 England Test attended by 39,000 fans. The second test will be held at New Zealand’s premier test venue, the Hawkins Basin Reserve in Wellington. Seddon Park in Hamilton, just an hour and half’s drive from Auckland, will host two one-day internationals.

The series against India, who are the current ICC World Cup champions, will also feature a two-day warm-up game in Whangarei, in the north of the North Island, before the test series.

India champion drawcard
New Zealand’s Northern Districts chief executive Peter Roach said they’re excited about hosting the world champion ODI team 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.

“India is a much-loved team with a large number of passionate supporters, and our fans will be eager to see how the BLACKCAPS, after recent success in one-dayers, go against the best one year out from hosting the World Cup,” he added.

Central Districts chief executive Hugh Henderson is delighted to be hosting the opening game in Napier.

“The Indian team are a huge drawcard throughout the world so the opportunity to host them on a Sunday in January will be fantastic for the region.”

Napier is one of seven host cities for Cricket World Cup 2015 and each region has won the rights to host three matches. New Zealand is expecting an influx of fans and international media during the event and Tourism New Zealand is working with other Government agencies and regional tourism organisations to deliver a 100% Pure New Zealand experience to visiting teams, fans and media.

This will be achieved through ‘manaakitanga’, or New Zealand’s unique form of welcome and hospitality, and by offering special itineraries linking host regions incorporating tourism experiences that work in and around the World Cup schedule.

Summer cricket schedule:

19 December 2013
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Test Match – ANZ International Series v West Indies

26 December 2013
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Eden Park, Auckland
ODI – ANZ International Series v West Indies

29 December 2013
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
McLean Park, Napier
ODI – ANZ International Series v West Indies

01 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
ODI – ANZ International Series v West Indies

04 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Saxton Oval, Nelson
ODI – ANZ International Series v West Indies

08 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Seddon Park, Hamilton
ODI – ANZ International Series v West Indies

11 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Eden Park, Auckland
International Twenty-20 – ANZ International Series v West Indies

15 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v West Indies
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
International Twenty-20 – ANZ International Series v West Indies

19 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
McLean Park, Napier
ODI – ANZ International Series v India

22 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Seddon Park, Hamilton
ODI – ANZ International Series v India

25 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Eden Park, Auckland
ODI – ANZ International Series v India

28 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Seddon Park, Hamilton
ODI – ANZ International Series v India

31 January 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
ODI – ANZ International Series v India

06 February 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Eden Park, Auckland
Test Match – ANZ International Series v India

14 February 2014
BLACKCAPS v India
Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington
Test Match – ANZ International Series v India

Source:- Tourism New Zealand

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