The West Indian side will travel to New Zealand for a T20I and Test series in November and December 2020. It will be the second international series for the Caribbean side, who became the first team to travel after the COVID-19 pandemic. The home side, on the other hand, has played no cricket since March 2020.
The thing that their first international series after an 8-month gap will be played at home, might prove to be advantageous for the Black Caps. Most of the sports have already begun in the country and WI vs NZ 2020 will be the first international cricket series since India’s tour to New Zealand ended in March.
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There have been six bilateral T20I series between these two teams so far with 4 of them hosted by New Zealand. One other series was hosted by West Indies and one was played in the USA. The Kiwis have won 3 series, lost 1 series and the remaining 2 ended in a draw. These two teams have also faced off in the ICC World T20 in 2012 and the Men in Maroon not only beat New Zealand but also went on to win the tournament. In 13 WI vs NZ T20I games so far, the Kiwis have won 6, WI have won 3 and 3 other matches have ended in ties.
Their Test rivalry goes a long way back to 1952. These two teams have played a total of 17 series in the next 68 years. Their head-to-head stats in the longest formats are quite similar with the Kiwis having a 7-6 lead over the West Indians with 4 series ending in draws. In terms of matches too, the home side has the edge with 15 wins and 13 losses in 47 Tests.
The West Indies vs New Zealand series will begin with the T20I leg from 27 November 2020 at Eden Park in Auckland. The next two matches will be played on 29 and 30 November at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
There will be a break of just 2 days before the teams switch from the shortest to the longest formats of the game. The first Test will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton from December 3. The second Test, which will be the final game in the series, will be played from December 11 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.