The New Zealand Cricket Almanack is the cricket lover's bible and is regarded worldwide as one of the finest books of its kind. The 63rd edition contains all the details of another full year of cricket at all levels. The Black Caps took part in the Champions Trophy in South Africa and the World Twenty20 in West Indies, toured Sri Lanka, played Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and had an unprecedented six test matches during their home season, which included visits from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia. The White Ferns played home and away Rose Bowl series and also went to West Indies for the World Twenty20. In addition, New Zealand successfully hosted the Under 19 World Cup at various venues around the country. The Almanack's coverage of domestic cricket includes the return of the Plunket Shield and an expanded men's Twenty20 competition, while Hawke Cup and age-group cricket is also included. As usual, there is a detailed records section and a fascinating collection of the season's happenings.
Francis Payne and Ian Smith are New Zealand's foremost cricket statisticians and have been editing the Cricket Almanack for many years. Payne, in particular, is well known to all cricket followers. He is a regular guest on both radio and television as well as fulfilling the role as chief statistician for New Zealand Cricket.
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