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Kane Williamson ruled out of 2nd Test vs India

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second and final Test against hosts India, scheduled to begin at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. with a long-standing left elbow injury.

The Kiwi skipper had picked up the injury during the first Test in Kanpur Test, which had ended in a draw.

In his absence, Tom Latham, who played a key role for New Zealand in earning a draw in Kanpur, will now lead the side.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead confirmed about Williamson’s injury and felt that the increased batting load in the Test format has brought back the problems for the skipper.

“It’s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury,” Stead said.

“While we’ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow. Ultimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasn’t an option,” he added.

Williamson had earlier missed the Bangladesh ODIs, the first part of IPL 2021 in India as well as the Edgbaston Test against England in the build up to the World Test Championship final due to the left elbow injury.

Earlier on Friday, India’s Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were also ruled out of the Mumbai Test after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that all three players have sustained injuries.

Issuing a statement on Friday, just before the scheduled start of the second Test, the board informed about the development.

Issuing a statement, the BCCI said: “Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress.”

“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai,” it added.

Further informing about Rahane, who was the stand-in skipper of the Indian team in the absence ok regular skipper Kohli in Kanpur, it said: “Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team.”

Earlier on Thursday, Kohli had revealed that Wriddhiman Saha, who had batted in the Kanpur Test despite a stiff neck and scored a half-century, has recovered and is now fit and will be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand.

Addressing the media on the eve of the fixture, Kohli said: “As of now, he (Saha) is fit. He has recovered from his neck spasm and is absolutely fine.”

Rahane, Jadeja, Ishant ruled out of 2nd Test vs New Zealand

The Virat Kohli-led Team India will miss the services of Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the second and final Test against New Zealand in Mumbai after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that all three players have sustained injuries.

Issuing a statement on Friday, just before the scheduled start of the second Test, the board informed about the development.

Issuing a statement, the BCCI said: “Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress.”

“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai,” it added.

Further informing about Rahane, who was the stand-in skipper of the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Kohli in Kanpur, it said: “Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team.”

Earlier on Thursday, Kohli had revealed that Wriddhiman Saha, who had batted in the Kanpur Test despite a stiff neck and scored a half-century, has recovered and is now fit and will be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand.

Addressing the media on the eve of the fixture, Kohli said: “As of now, he (Saha) is fit. He has recovered from his neck spasm and is absolutely fine.”

On Wednesday, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey had said that newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid and Kohli were involved in regular conversation with the physios, who were assessing Saha’s recovery and had hinted that the hosts’ team management would take a call closer to the game.

Notably, K.S. Bharat had kept wickets in place of Saha in the first Test in Kanpur.

“We will discuss the combination soon. There is a weather change, and we have to take that into account, and we have to pick the combination accordingly. At the end of the day, you cannot predict whether conditions will remain like this over the five days. So, we need to see what bowling combination should be picked that can tackle in different conditions,” Kohli said.

Meanwhile, with the bio-secure environment taking a toll on the players’ mental health, Kohli also stressed on the need to be given breaks to recover from the fatigue and not just for workload management.

“Important to refresh mentally. To practice in a place where we didn’t have a structured environment or with no cameras makes a huge difference. To maintain the quality we must consider such things. Managing workload is more important from the mental point of view,” Kohli had said in the pre-match press conference.

BCCI awaits govt clearance for SA tour, series likely to be rescheduled: Report

The selection committee meeting for India’s tour of South Africa has been put on hold due to the new variant of COVID-19 creating panic globally, especially in the southern African nations.

Notably, there has been concern on the spread of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron – which was first reported in South Africa and has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26 however, the new Covid threat has put the tour under doubt.

As per a report in Times of India (TOI), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now waiting for a formal approval from the Indian government to send the team to South Africa.

According to reports, there are plenty of confusion over the tour and the series is likely to be rescheduled where the two teams might play two instead of three Tests.

Players like Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who were rested for the New Zealand series, were asked to enter a mandatory quarantine in Mumbai from December 3 however, according to the report, they are yet to be given a clear itinerary.

“Until the players get a reply from the BCCI, confusion will prevail because nobody knows anything. But if you look at the statement that’s been released by a ministerial department of the government of South Africa, it emphasizes on the security process and thanks BCCI for the deep relationship the two countries have shared. That’s their way of saying, ‘come and we’ll take care’. The ball is now in BCCI’s court,” sources privy to developments told Times of India (TOI).

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

Maharashtra govt allows 25% capacity for 2nd Test at Wankhede stadium

The Maharashtra government has allowed 25 per cent crowd for the second and final Test between India and New Zealand, which will begin at the Wankhede stadium from December 3 however, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is reportedly pushing for more.

The historical Wankhede stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 and 25 per cent attendance meanws only 7,500 spectators will be allowed to witness live action from inside the stadium.

As per reports, a MCA official has said they would try to get the limit increased to atleast 50 per cent.

Significantly, the last Test at the Wankhede stadium was against England in December 2016 and the upcoming contest will mark the return of international cricket at the iconic venue after COVID-19 had disrupted the game for a long time.

Several reports suggests that the Maharashtra government is taking the precaution, keeping in mind the new emergence COVID variant in South Africa and although India is yet to report its first case in the new variant, the state government is trying to take no chance.

On Saturday due to concerns over the new Covid-19 variant, hosts Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) had announced to mutually postpone the three-match ODI series between their national sides.

With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in South Africa, many countries around the world had imposed restrictions on flights arriving from South Africa following which there were also concerns in the Netherlands camp following which the series was postponed.

“We are disappointed by the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in, but the comfort of all visiting teams must always be paramount,” CSA Acting CEO, Pholetsi Moseki said on Friday adding: “The mental well-being of players is one of CSA’s top priorities, and we respect our visitors’ position and point of view. CSA and KNCB will get into discussions around possibly rescheduling the tour within this cycle of the ICC Future Tours Programme ending in 2023.”

On the other hand, the Indian team is also scheduled to travel South Africa for three Tests, as many ODIs and four-match ODI series after the ongoing home series against New Zealand. However, the spread of the new variant of Covid-19 in the African nation has raised doubts over the upcoming tour.

The fourth wave of the pandemic is likely to witness a peak in South Africa in the next few weeks which would coincide with India’s tour.

Reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, CSA had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated about the developments.

“We are in contact with the BCCI and there is no prejudice to the Indian tour to South Africa at this stage. We will, of course, continue to monitor developments regarding the spread of the virus and keep the BCCI informed. As CSA we remain committed to ensuring that all visiting teams and Proteas players are afforded a safe environment to play cricket,” Lawson Naidoo, the head of CSA, was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Indian ‘A’ men’s team is currently in South Africa and is scheduled to play two more four-day games which start on November 29 and December 6 after the first affair ended in a draw.

Shreyas Iyer joins elite list of Indian cricketers to slam century on Test debut

Debutant Shreyas Iyer on Friday became the 16th Indian to score a century on Test debut as he slammed his maiden Test century on Day 2 of the India vs New Zealand first Test at the Green Park in Kanpur.

The right-hander reached the three-figures mark with a couple off pacer Kyle Jamieson in the morning session of the ongoing second Test.

Before Iyer, the last debutant from India to achieve the feat was opener Prithvi Shaw, who had smashed a fantastic hundred against the West Indies in Rajkot in October 2018. Notably, the first Indian to score a century on debut was Lala Amarnath in 1933 against England in Mumbai.

The other Indians in the list are RH Shodhan, Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Viswanath, Surinder Amarnath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Iyer had received his Test cap from former India great Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday. Meanwhile, Iyer also became the second Indian after Viswanath to score a Test hundred on debut in Kanpur.

Viswanath had done the same in 1969 against Australia.

Iyer had finished Day 1 remaining unbeaten on 75. In the morning session of the second day, Iyer continued his good form and didn’t take too long in adding 25 more runs to his overnight score.

Iyer is now the third Indian to score a Test ton debut against the Black Caps after Kripal Singh and Surinder Amarnath.

Overall, Iyer is now the 112th batter to smash a century on Test debut.

Iyer, 26, had earlier made his ODI and T20I debut in 2017 however, he had to wait for more than three years to earn his maiden Test cap. Iyer meanwhile, has fantastic record in First-Class cricket as he has amassed 4592 runs at an average of 52.18 with 12 centuries and 23 fifties in the domestic circuit while wearing whites.

KL Rahul ruled out of Test series against New Zealand

India opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand due to an injury, the BCCI announced on Tuesday (November 23).

The board’s All-India Senior Selection Committee has now added Suryakumar Yadav in the India squad for the first Test in Kanpur as a replacement for Rahul.

As per a BCCI statement, Rahul, 29, has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in order to prepare for the long tour of South Africa that begins next month.

Significantly, Rahul had regained his spot in the Test side recently in England where he had performed well at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma.

Even though several senior players were rested for the just concluded T20I series against the Black Caps, Rahul was a part of both the squad. Notably, the players were rested to manage their workload ahead of the upcoming South Africa tour.

Earlier, Rahul was not included in the playing XI of Team India on Sunday for the final T20I against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which the hosts won by 73 runs to win the series 3-0.

Under Rohit Sharma as its full-time captain, India had earlier won the first two T20Is in Jaipur and Ranchi by five and seven wickets respectively.

Rahul had amassed 80 runs from two innings in the T20I series, which also included a fifty.

On the other hand, Suryakumar, who has been picked as his replacement for the Test series, hasn’t featured in the red-ball format for India.

He had made his debut for the country in the other two formats earlier this year. Suryakumar was also a part of the Test squad in England.

India will already miss the services of opener Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for the opening Test in Kanpur. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will leading the home side in the first Test.

Regular skipper Kohli will make a return to lead the side in the second Test, scheduled to be held in Mumbai from December 3.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

India squad (Kanpur Test):

Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

Indian spinners have been very professional: Bangar

Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India registered a comprehensive 3-0 series win over New Zealand in the just concluded T20I series and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar reckoned that the spinners bowled very decently, which was one of the key reason behind the victory.

After winning the first two affairs of the three-match series in Jaipur and Ranchi by five and seven wickets respectively, the Men in Blue bundled out the visitors on a paltry 111 in the third match in Kolkata on Sunday evening to whitewash the BlackCaps.

India had challenging put a 185-run target before New Zealand. While left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel emerged with stunning figures of 3/9, Venkatesh Iyer and Yuzvendra Chahal also bagged a wicket apiece to help India register a comfortable win in Kolkata.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show FOLLOW THE BLUES, Bangar said: “They have been very professional, they have been put under the pump a bit by the New Zealand openers but the way Indian spinners have responded in the middle overs has been fantastic.”

“So, Ashwin and Axar Patel both bowling well in tandem has really worked well for the Indian team in the middle overs and when they were chasing, I felt that the form that both the openers are turning out on a consistent basis has been really clinical for the Indian team performances in the series so far,” he added.

Further analysing Team India’s performance in the three-match T20I series, Bangar expressed: “Can’t take anything away from somebody like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who’s got his swing back because whenever he’s played and he’s bowled with that new ball, he’s got his swing back. The wicket that he took in the first match of Daryl Mitchell was a dream and it augers really well for the Indian team because he’s somebody who can give you those initial breakthroughs in the first six overs inside the powerplay and that sets any opposition on the back foot.”

“Add to that, how Harshal Patel took his chance in his debut match was really impressive because he’s someone who’s been known to rely a lot on his slow ball variations and in a match wherein there was a lot of dew. Despite that, he overcame that challenge and bowled really well with a wet ball and still used his variations, with cutters and slow bouncers,” he added.

“I felt that was a big plus for the Indian team as well,” Bangar signed-off.

After the white-ball series, India will now take on the visitors in a two-match Test series, scheduled to begin on November 25 at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. With regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested for the affair, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the home side against New Zealand.

Kohli will make a return to the side in the second and final match, which will be held at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai from Decemebr 3.

Significantly, the T20I series was the first assignment for Rohit Sharma as the full-time captain of India in T20Is while it was also the first task for Rahul Dravid as full-time coach after Ravi Shastri.

After Williamson, Jamieson to also miss T20I series vs India

New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has decided to skip the three-match T20 International series against India to focus on the upcoming Test rubber.

The T20I series will begin on Wednesday in Jaipur while the second and third affair will be held in Ranchi and Kolkata on November 19 and 21 respectively.

“We decided through talking with Kane and Kyle that they won’t play in this T20 series,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“They’re both going to get ready for the test matches and I think you’ll find there will be other guys involved in the test matches that won’t play the entire series either. It’s a bit of a balancing act at the moment and with three T20 games in five days plus travel to three different cities it’s a very, very busy time,” he added.

Jamieson’s absence could be a hint that he will feature in the first test against hosts India in Kanpur which would leave fellow pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner competing for one spot, if the visitors opts to go with two seamers, two spinners and an all-rounder.

Meanwhile, Stead also said that Lockie Ferguson was set to feature in the first T20 after recovering from the calf injury which had ruled him out of the just concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE.

“You’ll definitely see that the whole squad will get match time over here and that’s about us managing the workload of the players, especially with the test matches coming up for us, which will be a real key priority for us as we work through the next week,” the head coach stated.

“How our day works at the moment is that the test players will go and train from 10 to 1 on the morning of the matches, we then go back and play the match in the evening, we travel the next day, then we repeat that for three games in a row,” he added.

Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was announced to skip the upcoming T20I series against hosts India in order to prepare for the subsequent two-Test series.

“With the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had said in a statement.

Williamson, who will however, be a part of the Kiwi squad, will focus on the red-ball preparations and Tim Southee will lead the visitors in the T20I series.

New Zealand’s two-match Test series against India will be their first assignment in the new cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC).

The Black Caps had won the inaugural final in June this year after beating India by eight wickets in Southampton in England.

Black Caps tour of India (Squads)

Tests: Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

T20Is: Tim Southee (Captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi

Kane Williamson to skip upcoming T20I series vs India

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will skip the upcoming three-match T20I series against hosts India in order to prepare for the subsequent two-Test series, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Tuesday.

New Zealand’s three-match T20I series against India will begin on November 17 in Jaipur.

Williamson, who will however, be a part of the Kiwi squad, will focus on the red-ball preparations and Tim Southee will lead the visitors in the T20I series.

New Zealand, who finished runners-up in the just-concluded Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, arrived in Jaipur on Monday for the first T20I.

The second T20I will be played in Ranchi on November 19 while the final affair of the three-match series will be held on November 21 in Kolkata.

The two Tests will be played in Kanpur and Mumbai from November 25-29 and December 3-7 respectively.

“With the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation,” NZC said in a statement.

“Fellow dual squad member Tim Southee will captain the T20 side for the opening game on Wednesday, while Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner are also available for both series,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Kiwi cricket board also informed that pacer Lockie Ferguson’s recovery from a right calf-strain continues to progress well and he is expected to be available for the T20I series.

On Sunday, the Williamson-led New Zealand had went down against the Aaron Finch-led Australia in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup 2021 by eight wickets. Significantly, it was Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup title.

BLACKCAPS T20 squad for India

Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (Captain), Kane Williamson,

BLACKCAPS Test squad for India

Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

New Zealand’s Mitchell to replace injured Conway for India series

New Zealand have announced to add batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell to their Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against India as a replacement for injured Devon Conway.

Earlier, Conway was ruled out of the just concluded T20 World Cup final and the subsequent three-match T20I series against hosts India after he broke his hand during New Zealand’s semifinal win against England.

Significantly, Conway struck the bat with his hand after he was dismissed following which scans confirmed a break in his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.

“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else,” Stead said.

Conway had played six games in the T20 World Cup, amassing 129 runs at a strike rate of 108.40 for his team New Zealand, which had finished second in Group 2.

“Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment. He’s proven he can perform in Test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the Test group,” he added.

Earlier commenting on Conway’s injury, Stead had said: “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time. Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.”

“Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him. He’s determined to support the team in anyway he can for the remainder of the tour before he returns home to recover. Due to the timelines we won’t be bringing in a replacement player for this World Cup or next week’s T20 series against India, but are working through our options for the Test series later this month,” he had added.

Mitchell, 30, has been in good form in the recent past off late and was also named as the Man of the Match in the T20 World Cup semifinal against England, which the Kane Williamson-led side won by five wickets.

Mitchell has amassed 208 runs from seven games in the showpiece evnent while batting at the top of the order.

He has featured in just five Tests so far in his career after making his debut against England at Seddon Park on Novemebr 2019. The 30-year-old has accumulated 232 runs from five innings in the longest format of the game with a decent average of 58. He also has one century and a half-century to his name in Test cricket.

After losing the 2021 T20 World Cup final to Australia by eight wickets on Sunday, New Zealand will travel to India directly from the UAE.

New Zealand will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively against the hosts before facing them in a two-Test series, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.