India to play extra Test in New Zealand

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009, 14:18 [IST]
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India extend New Zealand tour

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced a revised schedule for India's cricket tour to New Zealand, which will now include an additional test and a second Twenty20 International.

A New Zealand Press Association report said Napier has been allocated the additional test from March 26 to 30, which will form part of a three-match series. The Indian team will arrive on February 20, eight days earlier than originally scheduled, with the first tour match being an additional Twenty20 match in Christchurch on February 25.

The five one-day internationals will be all be played either five or six days earlier than scheduled, with some venue switches having taken place. NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said the opportunity for an extended tour by India was great for the game in New Zealand.

Revised schedule for India's cricket tour of New Zealand:

Feb 25: First Twenty20 international, Christchurch

Feb 27: Second Twenty20 international. Wellington

March 3: First one-day international, Napier

March 6: Second one-day international, Wellington

March 8: Third one-day international, Christchurch

March 11: Fourth one-day international, Hamilton

March 14: Fifth one-day international, Auckland

March 18-22: First test, Hamilton

March 26-30: Second test, Napier

April 3-7: Third test, Wellington.


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