Netherlands vs New Zealand 2nd T20I rescheduled, to be played on August 5 due to cancellation of flights

The Netherlands versus New Zealand second T20I in The Hague has been rescheduled to August 5, a day earlier than the original date.

Both the Royal Dutch Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket have agreed to shift the date after the cancellation of a connecting flight that affected the BlackCaps’ transfer to the West Indies for the three T20Is and as many ODIs, starting August 10.

The two T20Is between the Netherlands and New Zealand will now be played back-to-back on August 4 and 5, ESPNcricinfo reported.

New Zealand are currently busy with their tour of Europe, which began against England in May. The teams played three Tests, all of which England won. New Zealand then travelled to Ireland to play three ODIs, which the Kiwis clean swept, and are currently leading the three-match T20I series 1-0.

Following their trip to Ireland, New Zealand will move to Scotland for two T20Is and a one-off ODI before heading to the Netherlands.

With the rescheduling of their second T20I against the Netherlands, New Zealand will get only a four-day gap between that fixture and the first T20I against West Indies in Jamaica. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has been rotating its team throughout the tour of Europe due to the busy schedule.

The regular captain Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Devon Conway, who all featured in the Test series against England, have been rested from the Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands series.

The NZC has also allowed Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Jacob Duffy to return to New Zealand following the ODIs against Ireland. Meanwhile, Matt Henry and Will Young have been permitted to play county cricket after the ODIs against Ireland.

The experienced campaigners are expected to return to the New Zealand squad for the West Indies tour. The Kiwis are also scheduled to travel to Australia for three ODIs in September. New Zealand will then host a tri-series, consisting of Pakistan and Bangladesh in October, which will be their final preparation ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

New Zealand, the runners-up at the 2021 T20 World Cup, will begin their campaign against the defending champions Australia in Sydney on October 22.

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