The initial Test between a New Zealand and England, starting Mar 22, will be played underneath lights following Eden Park’s successful concentration for apparatus agree from a Auckland Council.
Tentatively scheduled to be a initial Day-Night Test played in New Zealand, a tie currently perceived a blessing of an eccentric row of commissioners, and now looms as one of a highlights of a Black Caps’ home summer.
New Zealand Cricket arch handling officer Anthony Crummy was gay with a approval, observant a day-night timeframe would make a Test some-more permitted for fans – many of whom would not differently be means to attend or watch.
“NZC has a sole concentration on improving entrance to cricket for everyone,” pronounced Crummy. “Being means to theatre a Test as a day-nighter is a poignant step in a right direction.
“This means we can foster cricket in a many complicated and colourful incarnation; we can urge accessibility for new audiences, and we can showcase Eden Park, Auckland and New Zealand to a truly tellurian audience,” he said.
Worldwide, usually 5 Day-Night Tests have so distant been played, 3 of that were staged in Australia, including a initial Day-Night Test between a Kiwis and Australia during Adelaide in Nov 2015.
In a many new compare between England and West Indies in Birmingham, 70 000 tickets were sole opposite a initial 3 days.
Crummy pronounced Test cricket was confronting increasingly severe times in terms of aptitude and context, and this was being borne out by throng numbers, viewership ratings and promote right values.
“This a really critical outcome for Test cricket lovers in New Zealand – simply since it allows us a eventuality to play a diversion during a time when some-more people can rivet with it.
“We’re certain it will be a really successful event, and that English and New Zealand fans comparison will make a many of a opportunity.”