Media Release: Exciting summer of National Bank Series cricket announced

Media Release
July 3 2007

New Zealand Cricket today announced the schedule for an exciting summer of National Bank Series international cricket.

Bangladesh arrive in New Zealand in December to play in two First-Class matches, three ODIs and two Test matches.

England arrive in late January for a comprehensive tour, which will feature two Twenty20 matches, five ODIs and three Test matches.

“We have a full summer of cricket with 35 days of international cricket scheduled throughout New Zealand, bringing the BLACKCAPS and international cricket to as much of the country as possible,” NZC CEO Justin Vaughan said.

“Bangladesh showed at the ICC Cricket World Cup that they are a steadily improving side who can be dangerous if underestimated.

“With matches at key locations during the holiday period we expect the Bangladesh tour to be well supported with One-Day matches in Auckland, Napier and Queenstown.

“New Zealand crowds always enjoy turning out to watch a visiting English side. This is a comprehensive tour by England and we are expecting a large number of English fans to travel to New Zealand for the series.

“England will compete strongly in all three forms of the game and the series will build on our traditional rivalry with them ahead of the BLACKCAPS tour there in May next year.”

The schedule will see the return of Test cricket to Dunedin during the Bangladesh tour. The University Oval will also play host to a First-Class match against England.

“Otago Cricket and the Dunedin City Council are working very hard to prepare the University Oval Venue to international standards and we are looking forward to seeing the University Oval host its first Test match.”

“Christchurch will have its first international men’s Twenty20 match. Twenty20 cricket has been well supported by crowds in Auckland and Wellington and we are expecting this fast and exciting format to draw a big crowd at Jade Stadium.”

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For further information contact NZC Public Affairs Manager Steve Addison 021 531 194

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