India to tour New Zealand for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs in March-Arpil 2009

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Mumbai, Aug 28 (UNI) The Indian cricket team, which will be touring New Zealand in March-April next year, will begin their tour with a with a one-off Twenty20 international at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on March 6.

The team would be playing two Tests and five one-day internationals on their first tour of New Zealand in six years from March 6 to April 7, 2009, a media release from New Zealand Tourism issued on behalf of New Zealand Cricket said.

The one-day series would precede the short Test rubber, it added.

India last toured the Kiwi country in 2002-03.

The full schedule: Mar 6: T20 International at Westpac Stadium, Wellington Mar 8: 1st ODI at McLean Park, Napier (Day/night) Mar 11: 2nd ODI at Seddon Park, Haminton (Day/night) Mar 14: 3rd ODI at Eden Park, Auckland (Day/night) Mar 17: 4th ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Day/night) Mar 20: 5th and final ODI AMI Stadium, Christchurch (Day/night).

Mar 22-24: v New Zealand XI at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University Mar 26-30: 1st Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton Apr 3-7: 2nd Second, Basin Reserve, Wellington.

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