Mumbai: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO Justin Vaughan has promised India better pitches during their tour of New Zealand, when compared to the ones they played in six years back.
On its last tour, it had a terrible time, failing to cope with the windy conditions and bouncy tracks. They were thrashed 0-2 in the Test series and 2-5 in the ODI series.
“We will be playing in New Zealand conditions which would provide some assistance. The pitches here are a lot like England and allow the ball to bounce a lot. Both New Zealand and India are high on confidence, since India has just wrapped up a great series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand has done pretty well against Australia too,” Vaughan said in an interview to Times of India.
INDIA’S TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is hoping to make it a memorable trip for India as the teams lock horns in three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals over the next six weeks.
“We are very keen to deliver a fabulous experience for the Indian team during this series, both during playtime and downtime. On the one hand, we are ensuring all the venues have world class playing conditions and the practice sessions are well-equipped; on the other, during their downtime, we are looking forward to give them a real taste of New Zealand with our spectacular scenery and dramatic landscapes.”
Vaughan revealed that the Indian players were indeed offered to take part in some exhilarating adventure sports during their stay in the beautiful country.
“We are offering the players a wide range of adventure activities from sky diving, bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting, hot air ballooning etc to choose from.”
Vaughan defended the pitches that were prepared during the 2002-03 series, citing the weather as the primary reason for low-scoring affairs.
“The 2003 tour happened in early summer (Dec-Jan) when the conditions are a lot more bowlerfriendly. This time, the series is better timed (Feb-Mar). We have had a very dry summer so far, which means that the wickets will be of good quality and there should be no concerns on this aspect.”