Venue switch for pink ball test?
New Zealand Cricket says it is too early to talk about switching venues for the first pink ball test to be held here in March.
While the Black Caps will host England for a day-night test, it is still unknown whether Auckland’s Eden Park, Hamilton or Wellington will get the nod.
NZC’s public affairs manager Richard Boock said the test is confirmed, but Eden Park was still going through the compliance and resource consent process.
‘‘We have always talked up the possibility of the pink ball test and that’s still a goal right now. Basically there is a compliance process to go through with the Auckland City Council of being able to stage the match at Eden Park.’’
To play the test at Eden Park the council will have to lift a ban on events taking place late on Sundays. Asked whether the test could be hosted elsewhere, Boock said it was too early to discuss a contingency plan.
‘‘There is a process you have to go through and it is out of our control.’’
The ideal situation for NZC would be an Eden Park day-night test, he said.
A pink ball test under lights has long been on NZC’s radar since the Black Caps played in the inaugural day-night test against Australia in Adelaide in December 2015, and trialled in NZ with a round of Plunket Shield matches under lights in March.