NZ Cricket confirms packed Blackcaps, White Ferns summer schedule

Auckland's Eden Park will host the launch of the cricket summer, when the Blackcaps face West Indies on November 27.

The T20 international will be New Zealand's first since the Chappell-Hadlee series was cancelled in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, New Zealand Cricket confirmed Government approval for the Blackcaps to host international matches against West Indies and Pakistan over the summer months.

After the West Indies visit, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh will fill out the Blackcaps schedule through to the end of March 2021.

Included in the season of international cricket are four tests - two against West Indies and two against Pakistan - the first of which will be a Boxing Day test at Tauranga’s Bay Oval.

The White Ferns will also be busy, with a full tour by one-day world champions England, with hope that Australia will round out the season.

While the Government has so far only granted approval for West Indies and Pakistan, NZC chief executive David White is confident the other inbound tours will receive the green light.

"I’m thrilled to be making this announcement today, given the uncertainty and difficulties over the past six or seven months," he says.

"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the New Zealand Government for helping us navigate this complex process, as we do to our commercial partners and for their patience and understanding.

"Hosting these tours is incredibly important to us for two reasons - international cricket brings in revenue that funds the entire game of cricket in New Zealand, and also, it’s crucial that we look after the fans of the game and sport in general, especially during these difficult times."

NZ Cricket confirms packed Blackcaps, White Ferns summer schedule

NZC also has good news for fans, with ticket prices set to be almost halved.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to challenging financial circumstances for most New Zealanders and White says NZC wants to acknowledge that.

"It might sound counterintuitive to be lowering ticket prices at a time of great additional cost and expense to the game, but we think it’s the right thing to do."

While no international side will tour New Zealand through most of January and early-February, White says Kiwis cricket fans will still see Blackcaps stars in action. 

"One of the silver linings is that our Super Smash competition, which will be played in that window, will now be boosted by the presence of Blackcaps and White Ferns.

"It’s going to be the best Super Smash yet, I’m confident of that."

More to come