27 May 2016

First day-night Test on NZ soil scheduled for early 2018

4:30 pm on 27 May 2016

New Zealand's first day-night cricket Test on home soil has been penciled in for early 2018 against England, pending resource consent approval.

Black Caps opener Tom Latham

Black Caps opener Tom Latham Photo: Photosport

The match is part of the confirmed 2017-18 cricket schedule in New Zealand, which features series against Pakistan, Australia, the West Indies and England.

There will be 98 days of international cricket in New Zealand over the next two seasons.

The series against England is the last on the schedule and the day-night Test will be played at Eden Park, although New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said it still needs approval from Auckland council.

"Not only can't you play on a Sunday night (at Eden Park) but also the number of night games are capped at the moment.

"I know that Eden Park are working through that at the moment with ATEED and with a new unitary plan coming up soon they'll be addressing that issue."

The 2016-17 summer is highlighted by another chapter of the Chappell-Hadlee Series against Australia at the end of January, before the Black Caps take on powerhouse South Africa in all three formats.

Pakistan and Bangladesh will be the first to visit our shores, in an overall schedule comprising seven Test matches (three South Island, four North Island), 11 One Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals over the summer.

Pakistan will play two Tests, followed by Bangladesh who will play three T20s, three ODIs and two Tests.

Auckland, Napier and Hamilton then host Australia for the Chappell-Hadlee series, before the marquee tour of South Africa starts at Eden Park - featuring one T20I, five ODIs and three Tests.

The 2017-18 schedule sees Pakistan return and Australia back for more Chappell-Hadlee cricket against the Black Caps, as well as significant tours against the West Indies and England.

Five Tests (three North Island, two South Island), 17 ODIs and 5 T20Is puts it on track to be one of New Zealand's biggest international summers on record.

West Indies will arrive in November for three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I, before a clash in the shorter formats against Pakistan with three T20Is and five ODIs. Australia then arrive for their third straight year of the Chappell-Hadlee rivalry, followed by England for five ODIs and two Tests.

The Black Caps next play against Zimbabwe and South Africa in July.