Pak­istan Test to go ahead a er NZ quake

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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. –

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