India’s tour to New Zealand deferred over strict Covid restrictions

India's proposed tour to New Zealand this year has been postponed
India's proposed tour to New Zealand this year has been postponed. Photo Courtesy: BCCI.

India’s limited overs tour to New Zealand has been deferred to 2022. The Men in Blue were to take on the Black Caps in three One Day Internationals during the New Zealand summer this year. The matches were to be part of the Super League, the qualifying series for the 2023 ICC World Cup. India is slated to host the next edition of the ODI World Cup.

The series in all probability will now be scheduled after T20 World Cup, to be hosted by Australia in October next year.

As per the International Cricket Council Future Tour Programme, India were to play three ODIs against the Black Caps. The matches were scheduled to be part of the Super League for qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in the subcontinent.

However, New Zealand Cricket spokesperson has reportedly confirmed that the tour would be scheduled after the conclusion of the 2022 T20 World Cup which will take place next year 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 set to host the Women’s World Cup from March 4 to April 3.

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The decisions on the tours were taken on Wednesday, September 15, after the New Zealand government released the latest MIQ (managed isolation and quarantine) allocations.

As for the 2021 year, the Kiwis have a hectic schedule as after their T20I series in Bangladesh, a few of their players would take part in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Thereafter, the team will be a part of the World Cup following which they will play 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.

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