BLACKCAPS v Australia T20s to move to Napier
New Zealand Cricket announced on 27 January that the two back-to-back T20s between the BLACKCAPS and Australia, scheduled for 17 and 18 March at Sky Stadium, will move to Napier (subject to MIQ availability). This change forms part of a plan to streamline the remaining home international cricket schedule in order to mitigate the risk of an Omicron outbreak compromising upcoming fixtures.
Other changes include the South Africa men’s side remaining in Christchurch for the entire duration of its visit, playing both its scheduled Tests at Hagley Oval rather than moving to Wellington for the second match, as initially scheduled.
David White, NZC Chief Executive, says the venue changes were just one part of a contingency plan designed to safeguard the health of all participants, and to reduce the chance of matches or series being jeopardised by an outbreak.
“It’s a real blow for those in our cricket family who have missed out on hosting events through no fault of their own.
“However, the current environment demands we take every possible measure to, 1) make sure people are safe and well, and 2) deliver a summer of international cricket with the least possible disruption.”
Alex Bargh, Sky Stadium Marketing and Hospitality Manager says “We know this will come as a disappointment to Wellington cricket fans who were looking forward to seeing the BLACKCAPS play against old rivals Australia. We hope to welcome the BLACKCAPS back to Wellington for more international games in the 22-23 season.”
Communication regarding ticket refunds for those games no longer taking place in Wellington will be sent by Ticketek in due course.
Read the full news release from New Zealand Cricket here.