Noise problem for Twenty20
Cricket fans after a fix of international twenty20 cricket at Eden Park next summer could be left disappointed.
New Zealand Cricket may move the annual match because of strict noise conditions imposed on games by 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 something where we turn the noise up and create a party atmosphere.
“We don’t want to put on a second rate product that would be a disservice to the fans.”
He says the conditions, which only allow for one day-night cricket match at the ground each year, complicates the issue further.
Auckland Cricket chief executive Andrew Eade says they are working with New Zealand Cricket to find a solution to the twenty20 noise dilemma.
This could mean using speakers which channel music in certain directions, 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 Auckland cricket lovers are likely to see some leather on willow next season, with oneday internationals against India and the West Indies a strong possibility.
Mr Vaughan describes onedayers as “more manageable” than twenty20 in terms of noise.
“Having international games in our biggest city makes a lot of sense for us,” he says.
New Zealand Cricket’s international programme should be released within a month.