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In a jam-packed home season, New Zealand will host India and play a day-night Test.



New Zealand Cricket Team

In what will be a busy home summer for them this year, New Zealand will host India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and England, NZC said on Tuesday (June 28). Prior to going to South Africa for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the women’s squad will also host Bangladesh.

At the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand will host England in the series’ opening day-night Test beginning on February 16. It was New Zealand’s first victory over England at Eden Park since 2018.

The home season will start in October, with New Zealand hosting a tri-series with Pakistan and Bangladesh. This will be their final opportunity to practise before the T20 World Cup in Australia. After the ICC T20 World Cup, India will come to town for a three-match T20I and ODI series.

After that, New Zealand will go to Pakistan and India for a brief series before returning home to play two Test matches against England. After that series is over, Sri Lanka will visit New Zealand for a complete tour that includes two Tests, three T20Is, and three ODIs.

Before travelling to South Africa, New Zealand Women will host Bangladesh for three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs.

David White, chief executive of NZC, said that the ICC Women’s World Cup last summer helped a lot to promote the game. “It will be lovely to see the WHITE FERNS in action all across the country,” White added. “And cricket fans can look forward to a summer of top-quality cricket with India, England, and Sri Lanka touring here in addition to visits from Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said the author.

We acknowledge the difficulties of the existing situation, but our first aim is to increase accessibility to international cricket.

We want to make sure that our venues and furnishings continue to be accessible and reasonably priced after the constraints imposed by Covid in prior seasons.

New Zealand’s home schedule for 2022–2023:

T20 tri-series against Pakistan and Bangladesh

Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m., Hagley Oval, Christchurch; T20 match vs. Pakistan

T20 match versus Bangladesh; Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Sunday, October 9, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11, at 3 p.m.: Hagley Oval, Christchurch; T20 match vs. Pakistan

Wednesday, October 12, at 3 p.m.: Hagley Oval, Christchurch; T20 match vs. Bangladesh

T20 tri-series final (if qualified); Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Friday, October 14, 3pm

India versus New Zealand

First T20, Friday, November 18, 7: 30 p.m., Sky Stadium, Wellington

2nd T20 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

3rd T20; McLean Park, Napier; Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.

First ODI, Friday, November 25, 2:30 p.m.; Eden Park, Auckland

2.30 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2nd ODI at Seddon Park in Hamilton

Third ODI; Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Wednesday, November 30, 2:30 p.m.

England vs. New Zealand

every day at 2pm from Thursday, February 16, to Monday, February 20: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui; first test

2nd Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington, Friday, February 24, 11 a.m. to Tuesday, February 28, 11 a.m.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand

between March 9th, Thursday, and March 13th, Monday, 11am: Hagley Oval, Christchurch; first test

2nd Test, every day at 11 a.m. from Friday, March 17, to Tuesday, March 21, in Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

First ODI, Saturday, March 25, 2pm, Eden Park, Auckland

2nd ODI; Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Tuesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m.

3rd ODI; Seddon Park, Hamilton; Friday, March 31, 2:00 p.m.

First T20, Sunday, April 2, 1pm, Eden Park, Auckland

2nd T20 at University of Otago Oval in Dunedin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5

Third T20 match; John Davies Oval, Queenstown; Saturday, April 8, 1pm

Schedule for the New Zealand Women’s team:

Bangladesh women take on New Zealand women

First T20; Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.

2nd T20 match; University of Otago Oval, Dunedin; Sunday, December 4, 2pm

Third T20 on December 7 at 2 p.m. at John Davies Oval in Queenstown

First ODI; Basin Reserve, Wellington; Sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.

2nd ODI at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m.

3rd ODI; Seddon Park, Hamilton; Sunday, December 18, 11 a.m.

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1000 Runs in ODIs: Kohli’s Cricket Legacy




1000 Runs in ODIs: Kohli's Cricket Legacy

On Thursday, November 2, Virat Kohli achieved an accomplishment. He became the batsman to surpass 1000 runs in ODIs in 2023, following in the footsteps of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. Not that,. He also joined Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Pathum Nissanka as the fourth players to achieve this impressive record in the 50-over format within the same year.

Stepping into History with 1000 Runs in ODIs

Virat Kohli celebrating 1000 Runs in ODIs with a jump on the field

Entering the realm of history, Kohli’s unwavering determination and exceptional skills were put on display during his match in 2023. Notably, the cricket maestro, now 34 years old, made an indelible impact by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar‘s record, securing the most number of years with 1000 runs in ODIs. Kohli’s consistent ability to perform at such an exceptional level has been a defining characteristic of his illustrious career, as he had previously achieved this monumental milestone in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019, before accomplishing it once again in the present year of 2023.

An Unforgettable Journey

In an intense World Cup 2023 clash against Sri Lanka at the renowned Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Virat Kohli’s pursuit of this historic milestone was realized with an impressive 34 runs. Despite facing challenges, including a rare duck against England at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, his overall performance throughout the year has been nothing short of spectacular.

Kohli’s memorable journey was highlighted by an unbeaten century during India’s triumphant seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. Adding to his illustrious record, he solidified his stature with a brilliant 95 runs, making a significant contribution to India’s thrilling four-wicket win over New Zealand led by Tom Latham at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Pune.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi: Fastest to 100 ODI Wickets




Shah Afridi celebrating a wicket

Shaheen Shah Afridi, on Tuesday, October 31, achieved a remarkable feat, becoming the third fastest bowler to secure 100 wickets in ODIs. His outstanding performance during Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh at the renowned Eden Gardens in Kolkata led to this historic accomplishment.

A Landmark Moment

In the thrilling encounter, Shaheen clinched his 100th wicket in only his 51st match, dismissing Tigers’ opening batter Tanzid Hasan Tamim. The left-arm fast bowler displayed exceptional skill as he struck Tamim on the pads, prompting the on-field umpire to raise his finger. Despite Tamim’s referral to the third umpire using the Decision Review System (DRS), the replays confirmed the ball crashing into the stumps, upholding the on-field decision. Bangladesh lost their first wicket with the scoreboard reading 0 in just 0.5 overs.

Surpassing Preceding Records

Shaheen Shah Afridi not only secured this feat in record time but also outshone the accomplishments of esteemed bowlers preceding him. He surpassed the record of the fastest pacer, previously held by Mitchell Starc, who attained the milestone in August 2016 during an ODI against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Legacy of Excellence

Moreover, Shaheen shattered the long-standing record held by Saqlain Mushtaq, becoming the fastest Pakistani bowler to claim 100 wickets in ODIs. Saqlain had set this record on May 12, 1997, during an ODI against Sri Lanka in Gwalior. It is notable that among the Pakistani fast bowlers, the accomplished Shaheen Shah Afridi follows in the footsteps of the legendary Waqar Younis, who achieved the 100-wicket mark back in February 1993 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah.

Beyond ODIs

Demonstrating his prowess beyond ODIs, Shaheen has made significant contributions in Tests and T20Is as well. Since his debut in 2018, he has garnered 105 wickets in Tests and 64 wickets in T20Is. His exceptional journey began with a strong performance in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Notably, he played a pivotal role in Lahore Qalandars’ consecutive victories in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

A Testament to Talent and Dedication

Shaheen Shah Afridi’s rapid rise to 100 ODI wickets within 51 matches underlines his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to the sport. As he continues to leave an indelible mark on the cricketing world, his journey serves as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers worldwide. With his remarkable achievements, Afridi has solidified his place in the annals of cricket history, etching his name as one of Pakistan’s most formidable and promising fast bowlers.

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ICC World Cup: Shoaib Akhtar says, ‘Mai India ki tareef kyu na karu’




Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistani fast bowler

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has recently expressed admiration for India’s dominant performance in the ongoing 2023 ICC World Cup. With India securing victories in all six matches, Akhtar highlighted the team’s exceptional display across various aspects of the game. Although the recent batting performance against England in Lucknow was relatively modest, India’s fierce bowling attack, led by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, proved instrumental in securing a remarkable win. This triumph not only solidified India’s leading position on the points table but also exacerbated England’s struggles in the tournament, leaving them virtually eliminated.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah laughing together on the field

India’s Remarkable Bowling Transformation

In his analysis, Akhtar emphasized the transformative impact of Shami’s inclusion in India’s playing eleven following Hardik Pandya’s injury. Acknowledging Shami’s outstanding performances against New Zealand and England, Akhtar credited India’s ability to win matches through their bowling prowess, showcasing a shift from their traditional reliance on batting strength. He commended the collective effort of the Indian bowling unit, particularly recognizing the strategic brilliance of fast bowler Bumrah.

The Indian cricket team is standing for the national anthem at the ICC World Cup

India’s Path to World Cup Glory

Looking ahead, Akhtar voiced his confidence in India’s potential to secure their third ODI World Cup trophy, highlighting the team’s upcoming matches against Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the Netherlands. Expressing optimism, he emphasized the significance of maintaining their unbeaten streak en route to the final, setting the stage for a potential historic ICC World Cup victory. However, Akhtar cautioned against compromising the successful bowling unit once Pandya returns to full fitness, warning against the potential detriment of a partially fit Pandya’s inclusion at the expense of a bowler.

Akhtar’s Praise for India and its Response to Criticism

Addressing skepticism surrounding his praise for the Indian team, Akhtar reiterated the exceptional nature of India’s performance, particularly in their ability to defend a modest total with a significant margin of victory. Undeterred by criticism, Akhtar reaffirmed his admiration for India’s exceptional cricketing prowess, urging acknowledgment and appreciation of their commendable achievements.

Virat Kohli gives a hand gesture on the field during a match

Shoaib Akhtar’s Perspective on Virat Kohli

Shifting focus, Akhtar’s history of praise extends beyond team performances to individual players, notably including former Indian team captain Virat Kohli. Reminiscing on Kohli’s resilience during a challenging phase in his career, Akhtar highlighted the pivotal role played by Kohli’s consistent century-scoring performances, leading to India’s victories. Recognizing Kohli’s contribution to the team’s success, Akhtar emphasized the significance of Kohli’s monumental centuries during crucial chases, solidifying his status as a crucial asset for the Indian cricket team.

In a comparison between Kohli and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Akhtar acknowledged Tendulkar’s status as one of the greatest batsmen while highlighting the challenges Tendulkar faced as a captain. Drawing parallels, Akhtar expressed confidence in Kohli’s eventual resurgence, expecting him to return to his prolific scoring form once he finds his equilibrium.

In summary, Akhtar’s acknowledgment of India’s exceptional performance and his recognition of individual players’ contributions underscore the team’s formidable presence in the 2023 ICC World Cup, setting the stage for a potential historic triumph in the coming days.

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