PAK­ISTAN TEST TO GO AHEAD AF­TER NZ QUAKE

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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