The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. New Zealand Cricket is the governing body for professional cricket in New Zealand. New Zealand Cricket operates the New Zealand cricket team, organising Test tours and One Day Internationals with other nations. On 19 December 2010, after months of negotiations, New Zealand Cricket announced it had signed a business deal with USACA which would see New Zealand play a certain amount of games in the USA and also make its players available to participate in any Twenty20 leagues in the USA.
A new company was created called Cricket Holdings America LLC. As of February 2012, New Zealand have played 368 Test matches, winning 71, losing 148 and drawing 149. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, becoming the fifth country to play Test cricket. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch. The 2013 Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Brendan McCullum. Currently, Kane Williamson is in charge of the Black Caps.
Some legendary cricketers to have represented New Zealand are Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, John Reid, John Wright, Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor. Some notable other famous players are: Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Chris Martin, Deepak Patel, Chris Harris, Chris Cairns, Craig McMillan etc. NZ set the famous trend in ODI cricket of starting an innings with the new ball. Offie Deepak Patel would come in and bowl with the new ball and choke opposition in the first 15 overs.
New Zealand cricket team is known for playing the sport in the right spirit. On numerous occasions their captain have won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award. When it comes to World Cups, New Zealand are always the dark horses. They have made the semifinals of numerous World Cups. They won the inaugural ICC Knockout Trophy (now Champions Trophy) in 2000.
New Zealand have produced quite a few leaders in world cricket with Stephen Fleming leading the way. Brendon McCullum followed it up and he was exceptional in the way he led the New Zealand cricket team to the final of the 2015 World Cup. He left a mark with his aggressive approach both as a leader and as a batsman.
The current crop is led by Kane Williamson who is rated alongside the likes of Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Steve Smith. New Zealand just cleared the league stage of World Cup 2019 and entered the knockout stage.
After World Cup New Zealand will be facing an away series against Sri Lanka. Later in the year they will face England in a home series and Australia in an away series.