New Zealand will host West Indies

New Zealand will host the West Indies in three ICC Women’s Championship matches from March 4-11, next year, before clashing again with the visitors in five Twenty20 Internationals from March 14-25.

New Zealand’s head coach, Haidee Tiffen, said the presence of the reigning Twenty20 World Champions would be a big boost.

She said West Indies Women will prove a stern challenge across both formats.

Like West Indies, New Zealand was one of four sides gaining direct qualification for the 50-overs World Cup in England last July, but finished fifth in the preliminary round to miss out on the semi-finals.

They trashed West Indies by eight wickets in their group stage contest at Taunton, England.

West Indies Women last tour New Zealand three years ago was a disastrous one as they lost every international-swept 3-0 in the One-Day-International series and 4-0 in the five-match Twenty20 series.

New Zealand cricket chief executive David White said the upcoming tour would also help create the platform for the next Women’s World Cup to be staged in New Zealand in 2021.

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