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New Zealand approve Pakistan, West Indies cricket tours, calls them 'financial lifelines'

  • Agence France-Presse
  • September 25th, 2020
  • 14:37:46 IST

Wellington: New Zealand's government has approved quarantine arrangements that would allow the Pakistan and West Indies teams to tour in the coming months, country's cricket board said on Friday.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the tours would help the sport through the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's a huge boost for us, it's our financial lifeline," he told reporters.

"International cricket funds the whole game of cricket in New Zealand, so it's very, very important for us."

White said the teams would fly to Auckland and then catch a charter to Christchurch, where they would stay in quarantine while training at NZC's high-performance centre in Lincoln University.

White said all players would follow health and testing protocols set down by the government.

"It's not going to come cheap, we will be footing the bill but we are happy to do that and fully understand it's a user-pays model," he said.

"We'll be guided by the government, whatever they demand, we'll follow."

Sports Minister Grant Robertson said arranging quarantine bubbles for the touring teams had not been easy, but it was worth the effort to have international sport in New Zealand again.

"Like many New Zealanders I am looking forward to seeing international sport resuming," he said in a statement.

"It is a huge part of our culture and helps bring us together as a nation."

Updated Date: September 25, 2020 14:37:46 IST

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