WEST INDIES’ (WI) tour of New Zealand has been confirmed to bowl off from November 27 to December 15.
The men in maroon will take part in three T20 Internationals and two Test matches.
On Tuesday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed receipt of the Government’s approval to proceed with plans to host international cricket.
The tour is subject to final covid19 medical protocols being approved by the Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical advisory committee and regional Government health and aviation officials.
After receiving confirmation, CWI president Rickey Skerritt welcomed a return to cricket amidst the pandemic.
Skerritt said, “We are pleased to be able to fulfil our obligation to tour New Zealand as we continue to get our ICC Future Tours Programme back on track, in spite of the financial difficulties we face.
“I want to thank CWI CEO Johnny Grave and director of cricket Jimmy Adams, and their operations team, for successfully partnering with NZC to make this tour possible.”
Earlier this summer, CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) collaborated to restart international cricket globally.
Fortunately, that England tour included the successful testing of safety protocols which we expect to be the standard for all international cricket tours.
Skerritt added, “Covid19 has created a most challenging period for cricketers and fans alike, with all the schedules being adjusted and amended. We see this tour as another timely opportunity to keep our players and our fans entertained.”