Indian Cricket Team Leaves For New Zealand Tour

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Indian cricket team leaves for New Zealand tour
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Published: 00:29 BST, 13 January 2014 | Updated: 00:29 BST, 13 January 2014
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The Indian squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni departed for New Zealand from Mumbai on Sunday for a five-match ODI series followed by a best-of-two Test rubber against the hosts.

The ODI series starts on January 19 in Napier and concludes on January 31 in Wellington with other three games to be held in Hamilton (January 22 and 28) and Auckland (January 25).

The Test series would be held after that with the opener scheduled from February 6-10 (Auckland) followed by the second and final match in Wellington (February 14-18).

Series awaits: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is leading his team out on a tour of New Zealand

The tourists would play a two-day warm-up game on February 2 and 3 at Whangarei ahead of the Tests.

Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Zaheer Khan, Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav did not leave with the team on Sunday and are slated to leave a week later.

This is India's ninth visit to New Zealand for a bilateral contest and their first since 2008-09 that they won 1-0.

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ODI squad: M.S.

Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny and Varun Aaron.

Test squad: M.S.
Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey.