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Huge summer of international cricket for Wellington
Wellington has been awarded some of the biggest games of the summer of cricket, following New Zealand Cricket's announcement of its international schedule for the 2015/16 summer.
In a feast of cricket action for local sports fans and visitors, Westpac Stadium will host a New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 international on Friday 22nd January 2016, closely followed by the return of one-day international cricket to the picturesque Basin Reserve, when the two teams meet the following Monday (25th January), marking Wellington Anniversary Day.
Thereafter the Chappell-Hadlee series begins, with Westpac Stadium hosting the New Zealand v Australia one day international on Saturday 6th February, before the test match begins at the Basin Reserve on Friday 12th February.
Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester welcomed the return of international cricket to the city, which has witnessed some historic matches and performances over recent years.
Deputy Mayor Lester stated "this programme of matches is the result of a collective effort between the Council, Westpac Stadium and Cricket Wellington to secure as many high quality matches as possible, and I’m delighted with the outcome.
"Local fans and visitors will enjoy some of the world’s finest players, and I’m sure the cricket will exceed everyone’s expectations.”
Westpac Stadium Chief Executive Shane Harmon was similarly excited by the matches, adding "after the huge success of Cricket World Cup, we’re looking forward to welcoming bumper crowds back to Westpac Stadium to support the Blackcaps this summer against Pakistan in T20 and Australia in a rematch of the Cricket World Cup final.
"We’re expecting record attendances for our blockbuster summer featuring Elton John, AC/DC, the Sevens, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Southern Bowl, the Wellington Phoenix and of course the Blackcaps.”
Cricket Wellington Chief Executive Peter Clinton concluded “we’ve worked hard with Westpac Stadium and the Council to secure a fantastic schedule of international cricket for Wellington fans and visitors into the city.
"We know how much Wellingtonians love the BlackCaps, and I’m expecting huge support at all their games this summer. The ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve will be a special event, one that many sports fans will look forward to and enjoy.”
International matches in Wellington 2015-16:
Friday 22nd January: NZ v Pakistan, Twenty20 International, Westpac Stadium
Monday 25th January: NZ v Pakistan, ODI, Basin Reserve
Saturday 6th February: NZ v Australia, ODI, Westpac Stadium
12th to 16th February: NZ v Australia, Test Match, Basin Reserve
Image shows Westpac Stadium during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
24th July 2015 - WESTPAC STADIUM CELEBRATES ITS 15TH BIRTHDAY
24th March 2015 - WELLINGTON FAREWELLS THE CRICKET WORLD CUP
28th August 2009 - PITCHES SECURE WELLINGTON RESERVE’S TEST STATUS
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