Rain a big worry for New Zealand Board

New Zealand is said as one of the most rain influenced nation in international cricket. There is hardly any series in which there have not been any match without rain making delay or even getting a match abandoned. Especially, Napier which has seen maximum of its recent matches to get affected by rain. That has made the Black caps Board worried.

Therefore, the Napier City Council and New Zealand Cricket are taking urgent action to set up an independent review of drainage and communication issues during the abandoned second Chappell-Hadlee one-day international at McLean Park.

The match was called off at 6.46pm, five hours after the last significant rain fell on the ground. In addition, there were limited updates for an increasingly disgruntled crowd, including a gap from 5.30pm to 6.20pm.

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A re-lay of the surface looks inevitable as a catalyst for change. Three out of the last eight ODIs have been abandoned at the Napier City Council-owned venue, dating back to December 2013. No significant drainage has been done since the abandonment of the New Zealand-Pakistan match on January 28, 2016.

Napier mayor Bill Dalton said an independent expert will be on the park tomorrow, but was not expecting a major structural flaw with the drainage.

“We have a world class groundsman [Phil Stoyanoff] who has prepared this park for many years. We have a rich history of games in Napier and will do everything to make sure we have future games.

“It was only one small area of the park that was deemed not dry enough. I know people who walked over that area and couldn’t see what the issue was. But I’m not an umpire, or a cricketer and can’t make those calls.”

 

  • Maksudul HAQUE, correspondent, bdcrictime.com