Cricket: Blackcaps get Government approval to host West Indies, Pakistan during summer

NZ Cricket (NZC) has received Government approval for the Blackcaps to host international matches against the West Indies and Pakistan over the summer months. 

Games are set to be played in November, December and January, with NZC chief executive David White saying they will foot the bill for the touring side's isolation periods because the "benefits significantly outweigh the costs".

White says NZC is still waiting for approval from the Government for the Australian men and women's teams, England (women's) and Bangladesh (men) to travel to New Zealand, but he's confident they'll also get the green light to proceed.   

"We've been given approval by the government to process the cricket season which is fantastic, says White.

"We've got the go ahead with the West Indies and Pakistan.

"Lots of planning starts now and we can't wait for the start of the season." 

Teams will fly into Auckland before heading down spending two weeks in quarantine in Christchurch, where they will be able to train in small groups from day four assuming they return a negative COVID-19 test.

White also confirms the Blackcaps' planned trip to Australia for one day matches in January has been postponed due to the lengthy quarantine periods on either side of the Tasman.

NZC will announce its full international schedule, along with the domestic Twenty-20 Super Smash competition early next week. 

The Blackcaps haven't played since mid-March when their tour of Australia was abandoned amid COVID-19.