New Zealand cricket has streamlined its home international schedule for both men's and women's teams to curb further COVID-19 risks.
Keeping matches on the originally-scheduled days, the changes in venue are aimed to cut down on domestic travel and the increased likelihood of exposure to the Omicron variant.
It means that South Africa men’s side will stay in Christchurch for the entire duration of their visit, playing both its scheduled World Test Championship matches at Hagley Oval, rather than travelling to Wellington for the second meeting.
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New Zealand's five women's ODIs and one T20I against India will all be held in Queenstown, while the men's three T20Is against Australia will be played out in Napier, subject to quarantine availability.
The Netherlands' men's team also see a shuffle to their tour, with Tauranga hosting their only T20I, and one of their Cricket World Cup Super League matches. Hamilton is set to host the other two ODIs.
All of New Zealand's men's and women's international matches this summer, with exception of the Netherlands internationals, are available in the New Zealand Summer of Cricket package on ICC.tv.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the venue changes are part of a constantly-evolving plan designed to safeguard the health of all participants, and to reduce the chance of series being jeopardised by an outbreak.
“These risk mitigations are based on avoiding known Covid-19 hotspots, and include limiting air travel, limiting accommodation transfers and, essentially, operating in safer environments.
“We know the more domestic flights we have, and the more movement there is between hotels, the greater the chance of a match or even a series being put at risk.”
Revised home schedule
New Zealand Men v South Africa – two World Test Championship matches, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (available on ICC.TV
New Zealand Women v India – one T20I and five ODIs, John Davies Oval, Queenstown.
New Zealand Men v Australia – three T20Is, McLean Park, Napier.
New Zealand Men v Netherlands – one T20I and first Cricket World Cup Super League ODI at Bay Oval, Tauranga, with second and third ODIs to be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
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