New Zealand National Cricket team is one of the earliest team to play in the international cricket. Both men’s and women’s team constitutes New Zealand National Cricket team.
Also known as “Black-Caps” (men) and “White-Ferns” (women’s team). The men’s and women’s team is currently led by Kane Williamson and Sophie Devine across all the formats respectively.
Here in this article, our focus will be entirely on the New Zealand cricket team today.
New Zealand cricket team first played its international match at Christchurch in New Zealand in 1930s. They faced 5th international cricket team to play Test match during their clash with England cricket team. However, they could not win the game and went winless for almost three decades. Their first win came in 1956 that too playing against a West Indies at Auckland, their home venue.
How did they get called “Black Caps”?
It was not before 1998 when New Zealand got a new sponsor Clear Communications and gave them the name “Black-Caps”. Today, New Zealand National cricket team and the players are managed by an administrative body New Zealand Cricket (NZC). New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is an integral member of International Cricket Council (ICC), among the other major Test playing nations such as India, Australia, and England etc.
The official website of the Black-Caps is NZC.Nz
New Zealand cricket team captain
The current skipper of the New Zealand National Cricket Team is Kane Williamson across all the formats. He succeeded former skipper Brendon McCullum after the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Both Williamson and McCullum are considered pundits of modern day cricket, as both them took their respective teams to the finals of the World Cup in 2015 & 2019 respectively. Unfortunately, they lost in the finals of both the editions
In 2015, under McCullum’s captaincy the Black Caps lost to Australia, and against England in the dramatic finals in 2019. The loss in 2019 is considered as the most debated game in the history of the game.
New Zealand cricket team today is considered as one of the strongest teams across all formats. They have beaten major teams like India, England, and Australia off-late and continue to dominate irrespective of whether they play at home or on foreign soil.