New Zealand Cricket have today announced the international cricket schedule for the 2018-19 summer and confirmed Wellington will host five matches – two at the Basin Reserve and three at Westpac Stadium.
- 15-19 December 2018: BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka Test Match, Basin Reserve
- 3 February 2019: BLACKCAPS v India ODI, Westpac Stadium
- 6 February 2019: WHITE FERNS v India T20 / BLACKCAPS v India T20, Westpac Stadium
- 8-12 March 2019: BLACKCAPS v Bangladesh Test Match, Basin Reserve
David White, CEO of New Zealand Cricket, emphasised the dual-venue approach,
“It’s great to see the Basin Reserve playing such an important role in terms of our Test schedule, and Westpac Stadium fulfilling all the needs of our short-form commitments.
“We’re excited that Westpac Stadium will host double-headers between the BLACKCAPS and India men, and the WHITE FERNS and India women”.
The Basin Reserve again cements its position as one of New Zealand’s favourite Test match venues, hosting two of the five Test matches over the summer.
Cricket Wellington CEO, Cam Mitchell is excited with what the schedule offers Wellington cricket fans and is particularly pleased by the recognition given to the Basin Reserve,
“Cricket Wellington wants the Basin Reserve to be known as the premier test venue in New Zealand and the 10 Year Master Plan for the Basin Reserve aims to ensure this happens.
“We are also very excited to welcome the WHITE FERNS back to Wellington as we are incredibly invested in the development of the women’s game and want to be a driving force as New Zealand build towards the Women’s World Cup in 2021.”
Westpac Stadium will host India twice in the space of one week with an ODI on Sunday 3 February followed by a Waitangi Day T20 double-header featuring both the WHITE FERNS and BLACKCAPS on Wednesday 6 February.
Westpac Stadium CEO, Shane Harmon is looking forward to the prospect of a big week with India at the venue and sees the return of the WHITE FERNS to the ground, for the first time since 2012, as a real feature of the summer programme,
“Westpac Stadium is looking forward to hosting two back-to-back games against India which will provide some great opportunities to engage with both Kiwi and Indian cricket fans and create a real festival of cricket across that week.
“We are particularly pleased to add the WHITE FERNS to the list of New Zealand national teams to headline here at Westpac Stadium when they take on India in a T20 double-header”.
The announcement represents the collaborative approach by the region to attract a great calendar of sporting events for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.
Warrick Dent, General Manager of Events at WREDA, acknowledged the value of these games to the city,
“The international cricket series has become a quintessential part of enjoying summer in Wellington.
“We expect these matches to be popular with both locals and out of town visitors, with fans from all corners coming to get amongst the action and support their team”.
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For the full 2018-19 summer schedule, please click here.