Napier to host first ODI

Napier to host first ODI

 The Indian cricket team will open its tour of New Zealand with an ODI in Napier, while Auckland and Wellington have been awarded the two Test matches in the list of venues announced for next year’s series here on Tuesday.

The series, comprising five one-dayers and two Test matches, will start January 19 next year.

The first Test will be held at Eden Park while second will be held at the country’s premier Test venue -- the Hawkins Basin Reserve.

The series against the current ICC World Cup champions will also feature a two-day warm-up game in Whangarei before the Test series.

The Indian tour follows three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s against the West Indies -- giving New Zealand fans 37 days of international cricket at home this summer.