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Australia and New Zealand will now compete in T20I series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Australia and New Zealand will now compete in T20I series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

The Chappell-Hadlee trophy, which was previously given to the victor of the bilateral ODI series between Australia and New Zealand, will now be contested in the T20I series between the rivals across the Tasman. The three-match tournament will get underway in Wellington on Wednesday.

In order to avoid the trophy switching hands in a matter of days, the modification will also entail a points system that incorporates both formats when the two countries play back-to-back ODI and T20I series.

“It’s fantastic that the trophy will receive greater attention and recognition. According to a release, Sir Richard Hadlee expressed his satisfaction with the new conditions, particularly when it comes to back-to-back 20-over and 50-over series. The statement was made on his family’s behalf.

“It means all games will continue to be relevant, and that the trophy will remain on the line for a longer period – plenty to play for.”

Greg Chappell declared himself “pleased” that the Chappell-Hadlee award will now encompass bilateral T20I series.

“I am a great believer in promoting young players through the pathways and national system and it will be particularly pleasing to see some young Australian players competing with their Kiwi counterparts for the trophy in years to come,” he was reported to have said.

Listen to captains Mitch Marsh and Santner ahead of Wednesday’s KFC T20I Series. For the first time in T20I cricket, the team will vie for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy (#NZvAUS). tweet.com/HHJtVaSYcQ

— February 18, 2024, BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS)
Head of Cricket Australia Nick Hockley said the Chappell-Hadlee trophy will now have “even greater relevance in years to come” and referred to Australia’s rivalry with New Zealand as one of the best in international cricket.

“It’s important for the players, the fans and, in particular, the next generations coming through, to know where we came from and who we are,” stated Scott Weenink, the chief executive of New Zealand Cricket.

“I’m delighted we’re looking forward to the future but making a point of not forgetting the past.”

The first Chappell-Hadlee trophy competition took place in December 2004. Australia, the current holder, has won it seven times, while New Zealand has placed second four times. Two times, the first being in the 2004 series, it was sketched.

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