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West Indies to play extra Test in New Zealand

Published: Thursday, August 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Wellington:The West Indies will play an extra Test in New Zealand early next year after the cancellation of Zimbabwe's tour in December, New Zealand Cricket said.

Zimbabwe's return visit after New Zealand's tour had to be cancelled because the New Zealand government refused to issue visas to the team in protest at human rights abuses by President Robert Mugabe's government.

The West Indies was originally to have played two Tests in March but a third has been added to help make up the shortfall in revenue from the cancelled Zimbabwe tour, the cricket board said on Thursday.

"Attempts to replace the cancelled Zimbabwe tour have been partially successful," chief executive Martin Snedden said.

"The West Indies cricket board has agreed to a third Test match which will assist us to mitigate any potential losses from the cancelled tour."

The West Indies arrives in February for the tour, which will also include a Twenty20 match and five one-day matches.

The first Test, on March 9-13 at Auckland's Eden Park, will mark the 50th anniversary of New Zealand's first Test victory, which was against the West Indies at the same ground.

"We expect this anniversary to be a very special occasion for cricket in New Zealand and will be appropriately celebrated at that time," Snedden said.

New Zealand's home international season begins in December with a three-match one-day series against Australia.

Sri Lanka will play four One-dayers in late December and early January after the rescheduling of matches from a year earlier. Sri Lanka returned home early in January after the Boxing Day tsunami, which devastated their country and other regions in Asia.

New Zealand's international cricket programme for 2005-06:

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series against Australia

December 3 - first one-day international (ODI) at Eden Park, Auckland

Dec 7 - second ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Dec 10 - third ODI at Jade Stadium, Christchurch

One-day internationals against Sri Lanka

Dec 31 - first ODI at Events Centre, Queenstown

January 3 - second ODI at Jade Stadium, Christchurch

Jan 6 - third ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Jan 8 - fourth ODI at McLean Park, Napier

West Indies tour

Feb 16 - Twenty20 international at Eden Park, Auckland

Feb 18 - first ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Feb 22 - second ODI at Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

Feb 25 - third ODI at Jade Stadium, Christchurch

March 1 - fourth ODI at McLean Park, Napier

Mar 4 - fifth ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Mar 9-13 - first Test at Eden Park, Auckland

March 17-21 - second Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington

Mar 25-29 - third Test at McLean Park, Napier

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