Noise worry may hit sum­mer party for six

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Cricket fans af­ter a fix of in­ter­na­tional twenty20 cricket at Eden Park next sum­mer could be left dis­ap­pointed.

New Zealand Cricket might move the an­nual match be­cause of strict noise con­di­tions im­posed on games by the Auck­land City Coun­cil dur­ing Eden Park’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Justin Vaughan says the de­mo­li­tion of the south stand in Au­gust will make it tough to stay within the 50 deci­bel limit.

“We have to be cer­tain about how we stage it. Twenty20 is gen­er­ally where we turn the noise up and cre­ate a party at­mos­phere.

“We don’t want to put on a sec­on­drate prod­uct that would be a dis­ser­vice to the fans.”

Mr Vaughan says the con­di­tions, which only al­low for one day-night match at the ground each year, com­pli­cate the is­sue fur­ther.

Auck­land Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Eade says they are work­ing with NZ Cricket to find a so­lu­tion to the twenty20 noise dilemma.

It could mean us­ing speak­ers to chan­nel mu­sic away from af­fected homes.

“We can’t have a PA sys­tem pump­ing through­out the park,” he says.

“We’re try­ing hard to find a way it can be done. I wouldn’t rule it out but it’s far from cer­tain.”

But fans are likely to see some cricket next sea­son, with one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against In­dia and the West Indies a strong pos­si­bil­ity.

Mr Vaughan says one-day­ers are “more man­age­able” than twenty20 in terms of noise.

“Hav­ing in­ter­na­tional games in our big­gest city makes a lot of sense for us,” he says.

NZ Cricket’s in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme should be re­leased within a month.

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