Test cricket will return to Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain for the first time since 2012 when New Zealand tour the Caribbean later this year.
New Zealand will play three Tests and two Twenty20 matches on their tour of the Caribbean from June 8-July 6. The first will be played in Jamaica, the second in Trinidad and Tobago and the third in Guyana.
The last time the Oval hosted a Test was two years ago when Australia toured the Caribbean.
After the New Zealand series, the West Indies will host Bangladesh for two Tests and three One-day Internationals (August 20-September 17).
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron made the announcement at a WICB press conference at Hyatt Regency Trinidad yesterday saying that the first Test against New Zealand will be Chris Gayle’s 100th Test and the WICB will be using that to market the match.
He also explained that the New Zealand series was reduced, taking out the ODIs so the series would not clash with the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.
“The obvious reason we decided to take out the ODIs and not the Test matches is that we have not been playing that many Test matches and going off to India and South Africa later this year we felt it was important we got some Test matches here,” said Cameron.
Dominica will host the New Zealand T20s.