Cricket fans! There is plenty to get excited about this summer with Eden Park hosting four T20Is in 2020/21, including the first home BLACKCAPS action of the summer on Friday 27 November against West Indies.
After concerns over the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the summer schedule, sports fans can look forward to the arrival of the West Indies and Pakistan men’s sides in November, followed by Australia in February, and Bangladesh in March.
The Super Smash kicks off with two Grand Final rematches as the ACES and HEARTS take on the Wellington Firebirds and Blaze on Christmas Eve at the Basin Reserve. The four sides will also complete the round-robin on Sunday 7 February at Eden Park Outer Oval.
The ACES and HEARTS will host five double-headers at the Outer Oval, starting on Sunday 3 January against the Canterbury Kings and Magicians. The HEARTS will play the Spirit under lights at Seddon Park on Friday 29 January, which will be a first for many in the squad.
The WHITE FERNS can also look forward to an exciting summer of international cricket, with England confirmed to visit in February and March, and discussions ongoing regarding a visit from the Australian side. Fixture details will be released at a later date.
While no international side would be in New Zealand through the bulk of January and early- February, Mr White said Kiwis could still look forward to top cricket.
“One of the silver linings is that our Super Smash competition, which will be played in that window, will now be boosted by the presence of BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS.
“It’s going to be the best Super Smash yet; I am confident of that.”
Head of Spark Sport, Jeff Latch said his organisation was delighted with the schedule and was looking forward to broadcasting all the WHITE FERNS and BLACKCAPS fixtures, and the vast majority of the Super Smash competition.
“We are incredibly excited to be in a position to let our customers know of the packed summer of cricket schedule on Spark Sport with selected matches on TVNZ,” said Mr Latch.
“Today should also be a timely reminder that the cricket will be coming to New Zealanders differently this year with Spark Sport streaming all matches.
“Fans who want to get amongst the action should start getting their streaming set-up sorted and be match fit by the time November 27 rolls around.
Internationals at Eden Park:
BLACKCAPS vs. West Indies – 1st T20 | Friday 27 November | 7 PM
BLACKCAPS vs. Pakistan – 1st T20 | Friday 18 December | 7 PM
BLACKCAPS vs. Australia – 4th T20 | Friday 5 March | 7 PM
BLACKCAPS vs. Bangladesh – 2nd T20 | Friday 26th March | 7 PM
Super Smash at Eden Park Outer Oval:
HEARTS vs. Magicians – Sunday 3 January | 11.30 AM
ACES vs. Kings – Sunday 3 January | 3 PM
HEARTS vs. Spirit – Sunday 17 January | 11.40 AM
ACES vs. Knights – Sunday 17 January | 3.10 PM
HEARTS vs. Hinds – Saturday 23 January | 11.40 AM
ACES vs. Stags – Saturday 23 January | 3.10 PM
ACES vs. Volts – Monday 1 February | 11.40 AM
HEARTS vs. Sparks – Monday 1 February | 3.30 PM
ACES vs. Firebirds – Sunday 7 February | 11.40 AM
HEARTS vs. Blaze – Sunday 7 February | 3.30 PM
Super Smash Away Schedule:
Blaze vs. HEARTS – Basin Reserve, Wellington | Thursday 24 December | 10.10 AM
Firebirds vs. ACES – Basin Reserve, Wellington | Thursday 24 December | 1.40 PM
Sparks vs. HEARTS – Molyneux Park, Alexandra | Monday 28 December | 12.30 PM
Volts vs. ACES – Molyneux Park, Alexandra | Monday 28 December | 4 PM
Hinds vs. HEARTS – Pukekura Park, New Plymouth | Thursday 31 December | 10.10 AM
Stags vs. ACES – Pukekura Park, New Plymouth | Thursday 31 December | 1.40 PM
Magicians vs. HEARTS – Hagley Oval, Christchurch | Monday 11 December | 3.40 PM
Kings vs. ACES – Hagley Oval, Christchurch | Monday 11 December | 7.10 PM
Knights vs. ACES – Seddon Park, Hamilton | Friday 29 January | 3.20 PM
Spirit vs. HEARTS – Seddon Park, Hamilton | Friday 29 January | 7.10 PM