Cricket home still needed
Auckland Cricket is still searching for a new home ground after next season.
The organisation has agreed to vacate its base at the Eden Park outer oval for two seasons from April next year because of the upgrade of the main ground for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Auckland Cricket chief executive Andrew Eade says the preferred option is Colin Maiden Park at Auckland University’s Tamaki campus in Glen Innes.
“We’re still working through the details with the university,” he says.
Auckland Cricket had looked at holding matches at Melville Park in Epsom, where the Auckland women’s team play most of their summer matches.
But Mr Eade says they gave up on the idea after resource consent issues made it too difficult to go ahead.
Auckland Cricket will return to the outer oval at the end of 2011 and pursue its plan to convert the ground into a test match venue.
Mr Eade says if the Eden Park Trust Board agrees to the redevelopment, several alterations need to be made.
An International Cricket Council report says the ground needs a boundary fence, improved media facilities and increased crowd capacity.