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New Zealand to begin India tour with Kanpur test

A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files
A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai April 26, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - New Zealand will begin their five-week tour of India with the opening test of the three-match series at Kanpur from Sept. 22, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday.

Test cricket will return to Kanpur's Green Park Stadium after a gap of seven years while the central Indian city of Indore will make its debut as a test match centre in the second match, starting on Sept. 30.

Kolkata's Eden Gardens will stage the final test against the Black Caps from Oct. 8 but the BCCI did not clarify if it would be a day-night test, as has been recently reported in the local media.

The BCCI said last week they would wait for the players' feedback from September's Duleep Trophy in which pink balls would be used.

New Zealand will also play five one-day internationals between Oct. 16-29.

India are set for a bumper season at home when they will be playing 13 test matches, eight ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

England and Australia will also visit India to play five and four tests respectively, while Bangladesh will play a one-off test at Hyderabad.

India v New Zealand tour schedule:

Tests

Sept. 22-26 - First test, Kanpur

Sept. 30-Oct. 4 - Second test, Indore

Oct. 8-12 - Third test, Kolkata

ODIs

Oct. 16 - First ODI, Dharamsala

Oct. 19 - Second ODI, Delhi

Oct. 23 - Third ODI, Mohali

Oct. 26 - Fourth ODI, Ranchi

Oct. 29 - Fifth ODI, Vizag

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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