WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Cricket says tours involving only two test matches are likely to become the norm with the introduction from 2020 of a world test championship.
NZC on Wednesday announced its domestic schedule for the 2017-2018 season, which features tours by the West Indies, England and Pakistan comprising a total of 43 days of international cricket but only four tests.
The West Indies, who open the international season with a test in Wellington on Dec. 1, were due to play three test matches. But NZC has cut one of those tests and the tour now comprises two tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.
NZC chief executive David White said that fit with the likely template for future tours if the test championship is introduced.