Venue switch for pink ball test?

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - OLIVIA CALD­WELL

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.

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