As a matter of fact, New Zealand played their last series in West Indies that concluded on August 5 with the visitors losing the two-Test series 0-2. 

And coming from completely different conditions, a few warm-up matches could have just made it easier for the Kiwis to get acclimatised to the conditions of the sub-continent.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also seems to have no answer as to why there is no warm-up match scheduled before the series. “It’s true that there are no preparatory matches for the visiting side and I cannot give you any reason for that,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale told MiD DAY yesterday.

A BCCI Tours and Fixture committee source also sounded clueless when asked about the particular matter. “There have been many instances of not having a tour game for the visitors. There is no specific reason for the series. Anyway, New Zealand have just played a full series against West Indies and they won’t be short of match practice,” he said.