Scotland set to host New Zealand for one-off ODI in 2020
Scotland have never beaten New Zealand in ODIs (AFP Photo)

Scotland will host two-time ICC Cricket World Cup finalists New Zealand next year for a one-off ODI, their first meeting in the format at home since 2008.

“We look forward to welcoming New Zealand’s men to Scotland for the first time since 2008,” Cricket Scotland’s High Performance Manager Simon Smith said.

The two nations have faced in an ODI thrice before with the latest of those meeting at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Dunedin where New Zealand registered a close three-wicket win en route to a maiden final.

“There is a close bond between our nations, and the clash in Dunedin during the 2015 Cricket World Cup was a special occasion marked fittingly by a closely-fought contest played in typically good spirit,” Smith said of their previous meeting.

New Zealand made it to the final of the ODI showpiece event for the second time earlier this year where they lost to England in a final for the ages. Scotland had earlier surprised England last year where they beat the top-ranked ODI side in a high-scoring affair by six runs. “Having conquered the world number one team in 2018, this will be an excellent opportunity for our men to knock over the finalist from the last two Cricket World Cups and earn yet another win over an ICC Full Member,” Smith said.

The one-off contest will take place on June 26, 2020 with the venue yet to be confirmed.

For the record, the two teams have clashed thrice before in ODIs in 1999 (Edinburgh), 2008 (Aberdeen) and 2015 (Dunedin) with New Zealand emerging winners on all thee occasions.