New Zealand to play as Aotearoa in Zimbabwe

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New Zealand will change their name for their first ODI against Zimbabwe, on 2 August, to celebrate Maori Language Week.

The Black Caps will be known as Aotearoa, which is the Maori name for New Zealand, with the new name being displayed on their jerseys.

NZC chief executive David White also said that they will try and spread the game to all areas of New Zealand in the future.

White said: "New Zealand Cricket want to extend cricket's reach and make it more welcoming to communities not always closely aligned with the game. It's something we haven't done particularly well in the past.

"We've been too one dimensional in our approach and especially in regard to addressing under-representation in certain communities. But we have to start somewhere.

"Cricket is a wonderful game that anyone can play, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or culture," he said. "We just need to make sure everyone feels it's accessible and welcoming – which is part of the reason for reaching out this week."

The Kiwis will play three ODIs and a T20 against Zimbabwe.

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