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    BCCI announces NZ, Eng tour dates

    Mumbai: The Indian board’s tour, programme and fixtures committee has issued the schedule for tours by New Zealand and England between August 2012 and February 2013. New Zealand will play two Test matches, in Hyderabad starting August 23 and in Bangalore from August 31, followed by Twenty20s in Visakhapatnam on September 8 and Chennai on September 11. Following the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after the New Zealand series, England will tour from November to January, playing four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur will host the Tests; Rajkot, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Mohali and Kochi the ODIs; and Pune – making its debut as an international venue - and Mumbai the Twenty20s.England will return home for Christmas and return in January for the ODI leg of their tour. In this series Ranchi, Dharamsala and Rajkot (new stadium) will host internationals for the first time. Following that series, India will host Australia for four Test matches in Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur and Mohali. The match-schedule will be finalized soon, said the BCCI in an email.