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New Zealand gearing up for full summer of international cricket

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New Zealand Cricket CEO David White is confident of hosting plenty of men's and women's international cricket during the upcoming summer.

Although New Zealand have been spared the worst of the ongoing global pandemic – they recently marked 100 days without community transmission – the games will be operated under biosecure measures similar to the kind adopted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The men's side is expecting visits from West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh through the course of the season, while the women's team will host Australia to fill in for the gap left by the postponement of the ICC Women's World Cup to 2022.

"We are making tremendous progress. I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they're confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh... so 37 days of international cricket," White said on Tuesday, 11 August.

"The White Ferns will tour Australia in September and then the Australia Women's team will tour New Zealand in February. We are just working through the content but probably five ODIs and three T20Is. We'll just be held up for a week or two while we work with the government agencies on the managed isolation but they've been extremely supportive."

As per the Future Tours Programme, New Zealand are expected to host West Indies and Pakistan for Test matches under the ICC World Test Championship programme, while Bangladesh and Australia are slated to visit for limited-overs tours.

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