New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White provided an update on the team’s schedule and is optimistic about the upcoming tours saying that they are making ‘tremendous progress’.
“We are making tremendous progress. I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they’re confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh, so 37 days of international cricket. We will go through the details of that in due course,” David White said in a video posted on Twitter.
NZC CEO David White also gave an update on the potential shape of the New Zealand summer schedule at today's MediaWorks Radio announcement. Tours from @windiescricket, @TheRealPCB, @CricketAus and @BCBtigers to NZ are all in the proposed schedule #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/F10qYvyFLI
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 11, 2020
New Zealand is set to host international cricket during their summer with men’s tours by West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh. A visit by the Australia Women’s team is also in the early stages of planning for the gap created by the postponed ODI World Cup in February.
“The last time the men’s team was in action was in the behind-closed-doors ODI against Australia in mid-March. The women’s team is believed to be the first back on the field with their trip to Australia in late September that includes three T20Is and three ODIs, ” read a report by ESPNcricinfo
The report further added with on The Women’s ODI World Cup, which was due to be staged in February and March next year, was postponed by 12 months earlier this week when it was decided that there would not be sufficient time for teams to qualify and prepare for the tournament.
New Zealand has been one of the most successful countries in combatting Covid-19 and recently marked 100 days without community transmission. One of the main concerns was that teams haven’t played a match since March. Yet confident to go ahead, New Zealand remains the host of the tournament.