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    Pakistan to play host on New Zealand turf

    Dunedin: New Zealand stepped forward to give their grounds to Pakistan to allow them to ‘host’ a three-match Test series. Pakistan, who were forced to shift their games out of the country due to persistent security issues, will play as the ‘home team’ on the Kiwi-land in their series against the Black Caps starting on November 24.

    It will be the first time for New Zealand that they will host six Tests in a summer, counting the series against Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia for 2009-10.

    The heavy schedule prompted Australia to cut their tour to just two Test matches, rather than three.

    The first match against Pakistan will be played in Dunedin, after which, the series will move to Wellington and Napier in December. Then, after a good long Christmas break, the home team will move to play a series against Bangladesh starting February 3, which will include a Twenty20, three ODIs and a one-off Test in Hamilton.

    The Australia series will feature two T20s, five ODIs for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and two Tests. It will be for the first time in 20 years that New Zealand have hosted Australia for a series of fewer than three Tests.

    The schedule, hereby, implies that the Australian and Kiwi players will not be able to be a part of the India Premier League’s third edition till March 31.

    “Playing Test cricket in New Zealand after the cessation of daylight saving and deep into the second week of April is not realistic,” Justin Vaughan, the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, said. “Therefore our only option has been to limit the series to two Tests.”

    “This is shaping up as a very exciting season for cricket fans - and a really busy one for the Black Caps. New Zealand has never before hosted more than five Tests in a season, so the six Test matches being played this summer is a tremendous programme.”

    Fixture:

    Pakistan in New Zealand

    November 18-20: Warm-up match
    November 24-28: 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin
    December 3-7: 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington
    December 11-15: 3rd Test at McLean Park, Napier

    Bangladesh in New Zealand
    February 3: Twenty20 international at Seddon Park, Hamilton
    February 5: 1st ODI at McLean Park, Napier
    February 8: 2nd ODI at University Oval, Dunedin
    February 9: 3rd ODI at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
    February 15-19: Only Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

    Australia in New Zealand
    February 26: Twenty20 international at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    February 28: Twenty20 international at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
    March 3: 1st ODI at McLean Park, Napier
    March 6: 2nd ODI at Eden Park, Auckland
    March 9: 3rd ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton
    March 11: 4th ODI at Eden Park, Auckland
    March 13: 5th ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    March 19-23: 1st Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington
    March 27-31: 2nd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

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