25 m dollar incentive for Black Caps to beat India

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Christchurch (New Zealand), Feb.25 (ANI): The New Zealand cricket team stands to gain 25 million New Zealand dollars if it come off with a win against India in the cricket series which starts with a Twenty20 international at AMI Stadium tonight.

Apart from the two Twenty20 matches, both sides will compete in five one-day matches and three Tests, reports stuff.co.nz.

The money will mainly come from television revenue.

With the Future Tours Programme (FTP) schedule ending in 2012 and up for renegotiation it underlines the need for a creditable display.

India is well documented as the game's powerhouse financially and of late its playing standards have lifted to match.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is conscious that if the Black Caps do not give a good account of themselves in this series, then it could place regular visits from India and other draw card teams in jeopardy.

The last time India came to New Zealand was six seasons ago and they are not scheduled to tour again until after the FTP programme is renegotiated.

Vettori said expectations were always high when the team had the home advantage and could exploit that.

Vettori said he believed New Zealand had the firepower to match India's master blasters Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Gautum Gambhir in the top order with Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor. (ANI)

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