Nelson will host its first ever men’s international match when West Indies tour New Zealand in December-January for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s. The Saxton Oval, which had earlier hosted a women’s international T20 in 2010-11, will also host three group matches in the 2015 World Cup.

“To bring international cricket to our region has been a goal for many years and achieving this is a moment of real pride for all those involved in developing cricket and the facilities in the region,” Shuttleworth said. “The legacy of international cricket will be significant with participation increasing and kids being inspired by seeing the Blackcaps in their home town.”

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said the intention was to build an annual series of matches at popular holiday destinations like Nelson and Queenstown…

  • December 3-7, 1st Test, Dunedin
  • December 11-15, 2nd Test, Wellington
  • December 19-23, 3rd Test, Hamilton
  • December 26, 1st ODI, Auckland
  • December 29, 2nd ODI, Napier
  • January 1, 3rd ODI, Queenstown
  • January 4, 4th ODI, Nelson
  • January 8, 5th ODI, Hamilton
  • January 11, 1st T20, Auckland
  • January 15, 2nd T20, Wellington


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