New Zealand to practice in Kolkata ahead of Test series against India

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06 Nov 2021 | 04:17 AM
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New Zealand to practice in Kolkata ahead of Test series against India

New Zealand are scheduled to play two Tests in India, starting November 25

The New Zealand team, who are set to play a two-match Test series against India will hold their practice sessions at the Jadhavpur University in Kolkata, before moving to Kanpur, where they will play the first match, starting November 25. 

The India-New Zealand Test series will be the first series for both teams in the new ICC World Test Championship (WTC)  2021-2023. "The Test team would be practicing at Jadavpur University second campus venue," Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Avishek Dalmiya said.

Mumbai will host the second and final Test from December 3. A two-member Kiwi recce team visited Eden Gardens which will host the third and final Twenty20 against India on November 21.

"The recce team expressed satisfaction after seeing the facilities and bio bubble arrangements norms at the venue," Avishek said.

"We understand the importance of the safety of the players. We have the experience of holding matches in bio-bubble and will make sure that everything is in place," CAB secretary Snehashis Ganguly said.

The Kiwi recce team consisted of team manager Mike Sandle and COVID manager Andrew Love. The T20I will mark the return of international cricket to Eden Gardens which last hosted the Day/Night Test between India against Bangladesh in November 2019 before the pandemic struck.

The state government has allowed a 70 percent capacity for the first match which would mean about 40,000 fans can come to the stadium to watch the contest. The Eden will also host the West Indies team for the third and final match of the ODI series on February 12 next year.

(With inputs from PTI)

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