New Zealand will train in Kolkata before Kanpur test

New Zealand chose Kolkata as a practice venue to prepare for a two-match series with India, which will mark the beginning of a new cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC).

The team led by Kane Williamson will practice at the second campus of Jadafpur University in Salt Lake City, and then head to Kanpur for the first test, which is scheduled to start on November 25.

“The test team will practice on the grounds of the second campus of Jadavpur University,” said Avishek Dalmiya, Chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Association (CAB).

Mumbai will host the second and final test on December 3.

A two-person Kiwi recce team visited the Garden of Eden, where the third and final game against India’s Twenty20 will be held on November 21st.

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“After seeing the site’s facilities and bio-bubble layout specifications, the recce team expressed satisfaction,” Avishek said.

“We understand the importance of player safety. We have experience playing games in a biological bubble and will make sure everything is in place,” said CAB Secretary Snehashis Ganguly.

The Kiwi recce team consists of team manager Mike Sandle and COVID manager Andrew Love.

T20I will mark the return of international cricket to the Garden of Eden, which hosted a day and night test between India and Bangladesh in November 2019 before the pandemic broke out.

The state government allows 70% of the capacity for the first game, which means that approximately 40,000 fans can come to the stadium to watch the game.

On February 12 next year, Eden will also host the West Indies team to participate in the third and final game of the ODI series.

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