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New Zealand confident of hosting Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and Bangladesh in home summer
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New Zealand confident of hosting Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and Bangladesh in home summer

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and Bangladesh will all tour the country during the upcoming home season.

NZC chief executive David White claimed quarantine facilities were being set up to ensure visiting teams can undergo the mandatory period of self-isolation before proceeding with the contests.

"I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they're confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh, so [there will be] 37 days of international cricket," he told reporters.

NZC has opted against revealing the detailed schedules of the tours as the dates are being worked out considering the international cricket calendar.

White said plans were underway to arrange bio-secure bubbles that resemble the ones used by the England and Wales Cricket Board where teams have been kept in on-site hotels situated in stadiums.

"We're working through that with the government agencies at the moment, a similar concept... the agencies have been really supportive, the government's been fantastic," he stated.

New Zealand's 50-over clash against Australia on March 13 amidst empty stands at the Sydney Cricket Ground was the last international fixture before competitive cricket was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After months of enjoying a near-normal, pre-coronavirus lifestyle, the virus outbreak has revived in New Zealand with the government reimposing lockdown in Auckland, the South Pacific country's largest city.

A total of 22 coronavirus deaths have taken place in a population of five million, while community transmission of the disease has once again begun following 102 days.