New Zealand's hopes of staging first day-night Test in doubt with board yet to receive council approval

Reuters, Aug, 02 2017

Wellington: The first day-night Test in New Zealand remains in doubt with New Zealand Cricket yet to receive council approval to stage the pink-ball contest against England at Eden Park in March.

More than two years after featuring in the first pink-ball test in Australia, New Zealand's hopes of staging their own in the series-opener against England hinge on the outcome of an "independent hearing into using lights on a Sunday," NZC said on Wednesday.

File image of Eden Park. Getty

File image of Eden Park. Getty

"We've completed a resource consent hearing with Eden Park and we're hopeful within the next week or two we'll have a result from the independent commissioners on whether it will proceed," NZC chief executive David White said.

The 22-26 March match will be followed by the second and final Test in Christchurch from 30 March.

England, who also play five one-dayers before the Tests, will begin their tour by joining Ashes rivals Australia in the first ever Twenty20 tri-series between full ICC members.

New Zealand kick off their home summer with two Tests against West Indies in December, one less than originally planned, with an eye on the proposed 'Test Championship'.

"We think it's critical that we look to be innovative in this space and, also, that a Test match championship is ratified by the ICC at its October meeting," White said.

"The Test game needs to have more context, and be more relevant, especially for the younger generations coming through."

New Zealand, host of the under-19 World Cup next year, also welcome Pakistan for five one-dayers and three Twenty20 internationals in January.

Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115