May 22, 2022

New Zealand team arrive in Jaipur for tour of India after T20 World Cup final loss

The New Zealand team arrived here on a charter flight a day after losing the T20 World Cup final to Australia in Dubai.

Since this is a bubble-to-bubble transfer, the Black Caps won’t have to quarantine themselves before the first T20I against the Indian hosts on Wednesday.

“They arrived in the evening and will be tested according to protocol before having their training session tomorrow,” confirmed a Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) official.

New Zealand lost their first T20 World Cup final by eight wickets.

It should be difficult for the Kiwis to regroup quickly for all three games against India.

“This is the first time I can remember that we are so quickly in another heat immediately behind the T20 World Cup. It’s certainly tough and challenging, but that’s what lies ahead, ”said head coach Gary Stead as quoted by ESPNcricinfo of the busy schedule.

Nine members of the Test team, including Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, who were not on the T20 squad, arrived last week.

The Indian team, which failed to advance to the World Cup semi-finals, had their first training session on Monday under new head coach Rahul Dravid.

India are scheduled to play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday respectively, after which the two teams will embark on a two-match test series.