Cricket Scotland announced today that New Zealand will visit Scotland this July for two T20’s and one ODI following their tour to Ireland. The matches, to be hosted at the Grange in Edinburgh, will be played on 27th, 29th and 31st July.
Scotland have a very poor playing record against New Zealand, losing 15 and drawing two of the 17 games played since they first met in 1927. However, some of their most recent meetings have been the most competitive.
The most recent meeting was within the last year, when they played each other in the Super 12’s of the ICC World T20 World Cup. Scotland played one of their best games of the tournament in falling only 16 runs short of New Zealand’s 172/5 total, with Sharif (4-0-28-2) & Watt (4-0-13-1) outstanding with the ball, while several batsmen contributed to the Scottish innings before Michael Leask bludgeoned his way to 42* off 20 balls at the end.
Commenting on the matches, Scotland Men’s Head Coach Shane Burger said “We are excited to welcome the BLACKCAPS to our shores this summer. We want to keep challenging ourselves versus ICC Full Members and New Zealand are up there as one of the best.
“Having reached both of the most recent T20 and 50 over ICC world cup finals, they have proven to be the most consistent team across all formats of the game in recent years.
“We have 12 international ODI’s to be played prior to the New Zealand series and so the squad are training well and looking forward to a busy 2022.”
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said “It’s going to be a great occasion for the BLACKCAPS to visit Scotland,”
“Over the past decade we’ve seen Scotland improve as a cricketing nation and develop into a force in international cricket.
“Having played there personally myself at Brechin Cricket Club, I know how passionate the people are about the game and I have no doubt they will be eagerly looking forward to this tour.
“Playing against associate teams as a major nation is a really important part of helping them grow and that growth can only benefit the world game long term.”
Further match details and information on tickets will be issued in mid April.