The national training squad will then be trimmed down to 11 players who will represent the Cook Islands in the matches to be held next month.
Cook Islands women’s cricket team coach Amoa More said the visiting team from New Zealand was one of the top teams in the Northern District in Hamilton.
He said the visitors would not be an easy match for them.
“The visiting team consists of 21 players who are set to create a very interesting competition with the Cook Islands women’s team,” More said.
“This is not the first time for the two teams to meet. They have played against each other in 2014 in Kaipaki, Hamilton, where our team lost, the same team then visited our shores last year for the same competition and retained their title.”
More said the upcoming competition was a return match between them and the visiting team.
“The team from New Zealand will arrive on the 8th of next month and the first game will be played on September 10. It will be a 40 overs match at the Turangi Cricket grounds.
“The second and third games are scheduled for September 12 and 14 and they will be 20 overs matches,” he said.
Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said this was a good opportunity for the national side to expose its abilities to a top ranked New Zealand-based club.
“I would like to encourage everybody from the cricket community here on Rarotonga to come along and support our team. This is very important for the development for the game here on the island,” Teinaki said.
“There has been a growing interest from teams abroad especially for New Zealand and Australia who are willing and interested to visit our country to play similar matches.”