The India tour of New Zealand will commence with T20I from November 18 in Wellington. After this, the teams will head to Tauranga and Napier for the next two matches. Thereafter, the teams will step in for an ODI series of three matches.
For the upcoming series, some senior players are rested for the tour. Hardik Pandya was named the captain of the T20I squad while Shikhar Dhawan would lead the ODI series, from the latest cricket updates.
For New Zealand, Martin Guptill is less likely to play his 4th 50-over World Cup with the opener being dropped from the NZ’s white ball team to play against India.
In the recent Black Caps’ T20 World Cup squad in Australia, Guptill was its member but didn’t participate in the match as the selectors chose Allen to open with Devon Conway.
The New Zealand coach. Gary Staed said, ‘The emergence and success of Finn at the top of the order in white-ball cricket means a guy of the class of Martin Guptill misses out – that’s just the nature of high-performance sport. With the 50-over World Cup less than a year away we’re keen to give Finn every opportunity to keep gaining ODI experience, especially against quality opposition such as India.’
NZ will host the three T20s that start in Wellington on November 18, 2022 and then the teams will go to play 3 ODI matches from November 25.
To fill the bowling attack, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, and Adam Milne would stand for the team.
‘When Trent opted out of his NZC contract in August, we indicated that priority would be given to those players with either central or domestic contracts, and that’s been the case here’ – said Stead.
Coach Gary Stead also said, ‘There’s always an incredible buzz when India comes to town. The energy and noise is incredible and I know the team are really looking forward to getting back and playing in front of some big home crowds. India are a world-class side stacked with IPL stars and we know we’ll have to be right at the top of our game.’
Due to suffering from back injuries, the fast bowlers, Ben Sears and Kyle Jamieson were not selected. In the 50-over World Cup in 2019, New Zealand was the runner up. The next season of the tournament will be hosted in October/November in 2023.
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