India and New Zealand are all set to lock horns at the Sky Stadium in Wellington in the first T20I of the three-match series. It is expected to be a fresh start for both teams after heartbreaks at T20 World Cup 2022. While India have sent a fresh squad with Hardik Pandya at the helm, New Zealand have retained most of their players from the T20 WC squad.
Nevertheless, it will be a fresh start for both teams. Everything looks set from both teams’ point of view but the organizers seemed to have missed a trick by not preparing the venue the way it should be. Simon Doull, who is on the commentary panel for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand, pointed out the problems at Sky Stadium as he shafted a post on Twitter.
Doull slammed the organizers for leaving the seats in the commentary box dirty. The former New Zealander said that he had to clean those seats on his own. He also termed the whole thing “embarrassing”. "@Sportsfreakconz @martindevlinnz Another great reason to play here at @skystadium. I have just cleaned all the seats in our commentary area so our overseas guests can sit down. What a shambles of a place. Embarrassing,” tweeted Doull.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner
India: Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik