29 Jun 2016

Black Caps unlikely to play day-night Test in India

6:04 am on 29 June 2016

The New Zealand cricketers are unlikely to play a day-night Test against India in September and October after Indian officials said all three Tests will begin at 9:30am.

Eden Gardens cricket ground India.

Eden Gardens cricket ground India. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Kanpur will host the first Test from September 22nd, followed by the second at Eden Gardens from September 30th and the third in Indore, a brand new Test venue, from October 8th.

The Eden Gardens Test had been tagged as the likely venue for the day-night test.

The five ODIs will be played on October 16th in Dharamsala, October 19th in Delhi, October 23rd in Mohali, October 26th in Ranchi and October 29th in Visakhapatnam.

In April, BCCI president Anurag Thakur had announced India would host its first day-night Test during the New Zealand tour.

A day later, NZC responded that nothing had been finalised.

Last week, the chances of the series featuring a floodlit Test reduced further when Thakur himself conceded India were in "no hurry" to play one.

New Zealand is the first of four teams - England, Australia and Bangladesh are the others - India are set to host in their 2016-17 home season, which comprises 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is. Thirteen Tests equals the record for the highest number of home Tests in a season; the only other instance was in 1979-80, also in India.

New Zealand's previous tour to India was four years ago, when they visited for two Tests and two T20 internationals. They lost the Tests 0-2 and won the T20Is 1-0.

Initially, the BCCI's press release had said Kolkata would host the third Test in October but the schedule was reworked to accommodate Durga Puja festivities.