NZ to co-host Twenty20
New Zealand Cricket have given up three scheduled one-day internationals against Australia to cohost a Twenty20 international triseries in early 2018.
On Tuesday, the national body announced they would join forces with their trans-Tasman counterparts to host England for a T20 series featuring six matches and a final.
To be staged at the completion of the Ashes test series between Australia and England in Australia, each side will play each other twice in the round-robin stage,.
A series decider will be then played at Eden Park in Auckland on February 21.
Three of the Black Caps roundrobin matches will be played in New Zealand, with the two matches against England at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and Seddon Park in Hamilton and one fixture against Australia at Eden Park.
The Kiwi team’s fourth roundrobin match against Australia will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Securing their part in the series, though, had not come without a cost.
A NZC spokesman confirmed the T20 matches will take the place of a three-match ChappellHadlee ODI series scheduled for the 2017-18 season.
That series is scheduled to take a break in 2018-19 before returning in the 2019-20 season.
New Zealand’s Martin Guptill bats in the second match of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series in February.