India will be playing as many as 17 Tests till March 2016 © AFP
India will be playing as many as 17 Tests till March 2017 © AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the schedule and tour itinerary for New Zealand’s trip to India in September-October 2016. New Zealand will be playing 3 Tests and as many as 5 ODIs against India. The Indian cricket team have a busy schedule ahead with 17 Tests lined up till March 2017, a period in which they will also be playing in total 8 ODIs and 3 T20I matches. New Zealand’s tour of India 2016 begins on September 22 with the three-Test series, which will be followed by five ODIs. New Zealand’s tour of India will last a little more than a month, and it will end on October 29. ALSO READ: Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium set to host India vs New Zealand 2016, 1st Test

New Zealand’s tour of India 2016 will begin on September 22 with the first Test being held at Kanpur. The second Test will be played at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata.The third and final Test of the tour will be played at the Holkar Stadium, which will see Test cricket being played for the very first time. ALSO READ: New Zealand decline pulling out of day-night Test vs India

The BCCI on Tuesday swapped the venues for the second and the third Test matches against New Zealand while the first match will be hosted in Kanpur from September 22. The board had earlier announced Indore’s Holkar Stadium as the venue for the second Test from September 30 to October 4 and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens for the third and final match from October 8 to 12.

But with Durga Puja celebrations clashing with the third Test, the iconic Eden Gardens will host the second Test from September 30 while the third match will be played in Indore from October 8.

There were a few reports suggesting that New Zealand had backed out of the day-night Test, but the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have quashed all such reports saying they have not declined playing the day-night Test against India.

Here is the full schedule of New Zealand’s tour of India 2016:

Match Date Venue
1st Test September 22-26 Kanpur
2nd Test September 30 – October 4 Kolkata
3rd Test October 8-12 Indore
1st ODI October 16 Dharamsala
2nd ODI October 19 Delhi
3rd ODI October 23 Mohali
4th ODI October 26 Ranchi
5th ODI October 29 Visakhapatnam

New Zealand cricket team will tour Zimbabwe, South Africa and India later this year but they are still to get clarity over Sky Television bagging the rights for the broadcast of these series. Sky Television is still in contention to secure the broadcast rights. Though there is no official declaration on the same till now, Sky Television has asked its subscribers not to panic as they are sanguine that they will pull off the deal.

(With inputs from IANS)