New Delhi: India's cricketers will head to New Zealand in December-January for two Test matches and seven One-day Internationals to prepare for the World Cup, officials said on Tuesday. New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden said that both Tests would be played before Christmas with the Limited Overs series starting on December 26 in Auckland.
"Given the time frame that we are working within and the desire of both teams to gain some valuable World Cup preparation by playing an extended One-day series, we have decided to allow for this by scheduling the two Test matches before Christmas," Snedden said in a statement. "Both teams feel that, with the World Cup so close, an extended One-day series will be beneficial to their preparation," he added. New Zealand will be hosting a seven-match One-day series for the first time.
India will also be playing seven matches against the West Indies at home before the New Zealand tour. India will play two warm-up matches, including a three-day game against the central districts, before the first Test starts at Wellington on December 12.
The second will be at Hamilton from December 19. The Limited Overs component of the tour will include five day-night games and see the first-ever One-day International played at the scenic tourist town of Queenstown, on New Zealand's South Island.