New Zealand Cricket have released the schedules for their upcoming home series’ against West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.

The Blackcaps last played an international fixture way back in March – a behind-closed-doors ODI against Australia in Sydney – and have since been out of action amid the global health crisis.

Australia v New Zealand - ODI Game 1
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13: Australia led by captain Aaron Finch and New Zealand led by captain Kane Williamson clap each other after play during game one of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

However, an action-packed summer is now in the offing with four international teams poised to tour the country.

The West Indies were the first international side to sign up for bio-secure bubbles when they toured England between June and August, and they will be New Zealand’s first opponents.

WI will face the Blackcaps in a three-match T20I series in late November, before playing Test matches at Seddon Park and the Basin Reserve in December.

Pakistan will then arrive in New Zealand for T20I and Test series’ of the same length, with the five-day fixtures taking place at the Bay and Hagley Ovals.

New Zealand v Pakistan - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Babar Azam of Pakistan shakes hands with members of the New Zealand side after his sides victory during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

New Zealand will then take on Australia in five T20Is between February and early March, as both sides gear up for the 2021 World Cup, before Bangladesh arrive to complete the summer with a white-ball tour.

 

The Tigers will play the first of three ODIs on 13 March and the last of three T20Is at Seddon Park on 28 March.

New Zealand have dealt with the health crisis much more effectively than many other countries around the globe, which is evidenced by the expectation than fans will be able to attend all of these fixtures.

In an impressive gesture, New Zealand Cricket have decided to cut general admission ticket prices by almost half ahead of the series’, to make the matches accessible even for those who have been hit hard financially in recent months.

“It might sound counter-intuitive to be lowering ticket prices at a time of great additional cost and expense to the game, but we think it’s the right thing to do,” NZC chief executive David White told nzc.nz.

New Zealand v Bangladesh - 2nd Test: Day 5
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 12: Neil Wagner of New Zealand is applauded by teammates as he leaves the field at the end of day five of the second test match in the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve on March 12, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Some Blackcaps white-ball players have been in action in various T20 leagues, with the likes of Ish Sodhi and Ross Taylor featuring in the recently concluded CPL, while Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham are currently on IPL duty in the UAE.

However, after over six months without international cricket, all New Zealand stars will be raring get back into action for their country, with West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh set to provide stiff opposition.

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