Known as the "
TelstraClear Black Caps Test team", the New Zealanders achieved two
hard-fought draws in the Test series against India.However, they were disappoinitng in the
one-day triangular series when Australia
went through to the final.
At the end of the tour a
weakened team under the leadership of Chris Cairns then lost an ODI series in
Pakistan.The series, arranged to compensate Pakistan
for New Zealand’s abandoned tour in May the previous year following a bomb
blast outside the team’s Karachi hotel, was delayed a week and the players
returned briefly to New Zealand. Pakistan
completed a 5-0 whitewash against a team diminished by the withdrawal of several
players who had been in the 2002 bomb blast and refused to return to Pakistan.
Zealand Cricket sent Wellington coach Vaughn Johnson
to be in Pakistan
for that leg of the tour, and Martin Snedden, the chief executive of NZC,
wanted to see the tour at first hand.
Sir Richard Hadlee (selection
panel manager), Ashley Ross (coach), Ross Dykes andBrian McKechnie.
Unavailable: Shane Bond was recovering from a back injury.Chris Cairns was unavailable for the Test
section of the tour because his partner was due to have a baby.
Tour Party Announced : 19 August 2003.
A 14-man Test squad was announced with five
changes to be made for the 14-man squad for the ODI series in India.
Not selected:Andre Adams, Matthew Horne, Matthew Sinclair.
Unavailable for Pakistan ODI series: Shane Bond, Kyle Mills
(viral infection), Stephen Feming (abdominal strain), Nathan Astle (knee injury),
Matthew Horne, Andre Adams, Craig McMillan, Scott Styris, Ian
Butler and Lou Vincent.
One-day squad for Pakistan announced: 21 November 2003.
Chris Cairns (captain),
Tama Canning, Craig Cumming, Chris Harris, Paul Hitchcock, Richard Jones,
Hamish Marshall, Michael Mason, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Mathew
Sinclair, Daryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori, Matthew Walker, Kerry Walmsley.
between selection and departure from New Zealand
August to 21 September)
For two weeks before the tour Michael Mason attended
Denis Lillee's Chennai-based bowling clinic.
The Test squad took part in an eight-day training
camp in Brisbane from September 10 but returned
to New Zealand before
leaving for India
on 21 September.
The 14-member Test party arrived in Chennai on 22
September. Stand-in coach Ashley Ross and his video analyst Zach Hitchcock had
flown in ahead of the rest of the squad, specifically to watch the five-day Irani
Cup match which featured all of India’s top players.
•Astle’s century (103) and Vettori’s crucial
60 at Ahmedabad helped NZ to avoid the follow-on
•Vettori became the fourth New Zealander to
reach 1000 runs/100 wickets in Tests.
took 4-64 as India
•At Mohali New
Zealand passed 600 runs in a Test innings for only the second
time against India.
•There were four centuries - Mark Richardson
(145), Lou Vincent (106), Scott Styris (119) and Craig McMillan (100) - in
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals (in India)
§ One-day internationals (Pakistan)
Return to New Zealand
The tour management sent Nathan Astle home for further treatment
on his recovering knee.
At the end of the TVS tri-series in India,
the team delayed its decision on whether to move on to Pakistan after receiving an email
threatening the team if they played during Ramadan.
Craig McMillan, Scott Styris,
Ian Butler, Lou Vincent and video analyser Zach Hitchcock, who were all in Karachi in May 2002 when a suicide bomb exploded outside
their hotel, were not prepared to return to Pakistan. Stephen Fleming also
ruled himself out of the tour because of a stomach muscle injury.
These team members came home from
Mumbai on Tuesday 18 November.
The team was originally due to
arrive in Karachi on November 20, but the
matches were re-scheduled so they would now arrive in Lahore on November 27. Therefore the team returned
home for a week in New
Zealand while the itinerary was checked by
Reg Dickason, tour security mamanger.They left New Zealand again for Pakistan on 26 November and arrived in Lahore after a 36-hour
flight on Friday morning 28 November.
The team flew home from Rawalpindi
via a four-hour transit in Karachi,
on 7 December 2003.
away from New Zealand71
September to 8 December,
New Zealand Cricket incurred unbudgeted
costs associated with the rescheduling of the Black Caps visit to play
one-day internationals in Pakistan
at the end of the Indian tour.
The next tour of India
did not take place until 2010-11.