Pakistan Test to go ahead a er 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 November 17 as planned after the venue and teams’ accommodation were found to be safe.
The 7.8-magnitude quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded in New Zealand, hit just after midnight (11:00 GMT November 13) near the South Island town of Kaikoura, about 180 kilometres (110 miles) north of Christchurch.
New Zealand pace bowler Matt Henry said the cricket would be a welcome distraction to help people take their minds off what had happened
“It always brings a community together and for a brief moment you can get back to a bit of normality, so it’s probably a good timing to have a Test match this week,” said Henry.
The Pakistan touring squad felt the tremors in their hotel in Nelson, about 200 kilometres from the quake’s centre.
“The whole room began to shake. We were on the sixth and seventh floor, and evacuated immediately. We are all safe,” team manager Wasim Bari told ESPN Cricinfo.
The Pakistan women’s team, who are also touring New Zealand, were on the 13th floor of a hotel in Christchurch when the tremors began.
Basit Ali, their manager, told Pakistan’s Geo News they were all safe.
They are due to face the New Zealand women’s team in the fourth oneday international at Nelson’s Saxton Oval on November 17. –