PAKISTAN TEST TO GO AHEAD AFTER NZ QUAKE
THE first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan is set to go ahead in Christchurch this week, despite a massive earthquake which killed at least two people and caused major infrastructure damage. A New Zealand cricket spokesman confirmed yesterday that the Test would begin at Hagley Oval on Thursday as planned after the venue and teams’ accommodation were checked and found to be safe. The 7.8-magnitude quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded in New Zealand, hit just after midnight near the South Island town of Kaikoura, about 180 kilometres north of Christchurch. New Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry was asleep at home in Christchurch when the quake struck. “I was lying in bed and woke up to quite a long rumble,” he said. “It was a bit scary. They’re hard to get used to.” Henry said the cricket would be a welcome distraction to help people take their minds off what had happened.