Team India, which were to tour New Zealand as part of the upcoming summer, has now been postponed until 2022, a spokesperson of the Kiwi cricket board has confirmed.
According to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tour Programme (FTP), the Men In Blue were scheduled to play three ODIs against the Black Caps at their own backyard. The series would have been a part of the Super League for qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in the subcontinent.
However, the tour would be now rescheduled. As per reports, the tour would now be staged after the conclusion of the 2022 T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Australia.
This has led to New Zealand only hosting The Netherlands, South Africa and Bangladesh after the 2021 T20 World Cup.
New Zealand is also scheduled to host the Women’s World Cup between March and April, 2022.
The development came after the New Zealand government released the latest MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) allocations. As for the ongoing year, the Black Caps have a busy schedule as after their T20I series in Bangladesh.
They are currently touring Pakistan for an ODI and a T20I series while few of their players would take part in the upcoming remainder of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
After Pakista, the Kiwis will feature in the 2021 T20 World Cup and later face India in two Tests and three T20Is on Indian soil.
They will then return home in December and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
“We’ve got to be mindful of players coming back from a long winter and we’ve got to give them time at home as well,” David White, the NZC chief executive had told Stuff.co.nz.