International cricket making Bay Oval return

The Bay Oval will host the England series opening in February. File photo/SunLive.

White ball cricket against world powerhouse India, a day-night Test against England, and six inbound touring teams – these are just some of the highlights of a jam-packed NZC home international schedule.

In a 2022-23 season that will see the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS head offshore for their respective ICC T20 World Cups, cricket fans can look forward to a massive summer, including visits from the Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, England and Sri Lanka men’s teams, and Bangladesh women.

Of particular note in the schedule will be England’s series opener at Bay Oval, starting February 16 – the first day-night Test in New Zealand since the BLACKCAPS defeated the same opposition by an innings at Eden Park in 2018.

The WHITE FERNS, having attended the Commonwealth Games and returned from their tour of the West Indies, will host Bangladesh in T20 and ODI series before departing in January for South Africa, where they will contest the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Playing at home for the first time under new coach Ben Sawyer, the WHITE FERNS will play three T20s, at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, before decamping to the North Island for three ODIs, at Wellington, Napier and Hamilton.

The home season will start in early October, when the BLACKCAPS will put the finishing touches on their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia with a Christchurch-based tri-series, featuring Pakistan and Bangladesh.

India will arrive in New Zealand at the conclusion of the world cup to play the BLACKCAPS in three T20s at Wellington, Tauranga and Napier, and three ODIs at Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch.

Both series are likely to be hard-fought. India is currently the No.1-ranked T20 side in the world while the BLACKCAPS are the No.1-ranked ODI side.

The BLACKCAPS will then depart for the sub-continent for a tour of Pakistan and a short form series in India, before returning in early February to prepare for the two Tests against England – at Tauranga (D/N) and Wellington.

Sri Lanka’s arrival in New Zealand at the end of February will see the five-day format continue, with Tests scheduled for Christchurch and Wellington ahead of a three-match T20, and three-match ODI series.

NZC chief executive David White says the upcoming season holds great promise for both the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS.

“Last summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup did so much to promote the game, and it will be great to see the WHITE FERNS in action right around the country.

“And to have India, England and Sri Lanka touring here, on top of visits from Pakistan and Bangladesh, means cricket fans can look forward to a summer of top-quality cricket.”

White confirms ticket prices at all BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS games will remain the same as last year’s discounted levels.

They are on sale to the general public now.

“We recognise the challenges of the current environment – and our priority is to make international cricket as accessible as possible.

“After the previous seasons’ restrictions from Covid, we want to ensure our venues and fixtures remain affordable and welcoming.”

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