New Zealand Cricket Team is set to tour India for 3 tests and 5 ODIs from 22 September to 29 October 2016. New Zealand team to play one 3-day practice match before the beginning of official PayTM series. Kane Williamson was announced Blackcaps skipper for the tour meanwhile Virat Kohli to lead Men in Blue in tests.
Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium to host first test match between India and New Zealand between 22 and 26 September. Meanwhile Kolkata and Indore cities will be hosting second and third test matches respectively. All 3 tests will begin at 9:30 AM as per Indian Standard Timings.
After conclusion of three tests, both teams to compete in 3 One-Day Internationals series which is scheduled to play from 16th October. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharmasala to host 1st ODI game from 13:30 local time. All one day matches are day-night games, hence they’ll start at 1:30 PM as per Indian Standard Timings.
Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam are the other 4 venues which will host India vs New Zealand 2016 series ODIs.
New Zealand tour of India 2016 Schedule
|22 to 26 September||1st Test: India vs New Zealand||9:30 IST, 4:00 GMT||Kanpur|
|30 September to 4 October||2nd Test: India vs New Zealand||9:30 IST, 4:00 GMT||Kolkata|
|8 to 12 October||3rd Test: India vs New Zealand||9:30 IST, 4:00 GMT||Indore|
|16 October||1st ODI: India vs New Zealand||13:30 IST, 8:00 GMT||Dharmasala|
|20 October||2nd ODI: India vs New Zealand||13:30 IST, 8:00 GMT||Delhi|
|23 October||3rd ODI: India vs New Zealand||13:30 IST, 8:00 GMT||Mohali|
|26 October||4th ODI: India vs New Zealand||13:30 IST, 8:00 GMT||Ranchi|
|29 October||5th ODI: India vs New Zealand||13:30 IST, 8:00 GMT||Visakhapatnam|
New Zealand selectors recalled all-rounder Jimmy Neesham for all important test series. He was out from the national side since November 2015. Blackcaps are yet to win a test series in India. Hence this time New Zealand team will be looking to create history under Williamson’s captaincy.
Kiwi selector Gavin Larsen said, “Jimmy has put in a lot of work to make sure he is physically ready for a return to Test cricket. Having two pace-bowling allrounders in Jimmy and Doug Bracewell helps the balance of the squad, particularly if playing on pitches which demand a spin-heavy bowling attack.”
On the other side Indian team is coming from winning test series against West Indies and team is motivated enough to perform well under Kohli’s leadership. Currently India is ranked number 2 in ICC test rankings. From West Indies tour squad, Stuart Binny and Shardul Thakur are omitted. Meanwhile Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan are still in the side.
India Test Squad
Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Ravi Chandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav.
New Zealand Test Squad
Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Martin Guptill, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.
Kane Williamson (Captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, Ish Sodhi, Anton Devcich, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, BJ Watling.