June 16, 2012

New Zealand cricket

Victoria Park 'wishful' Test venue in Auckland

Abhishek Mukherjee

A plan to revamp Victoria Park, a popular sports park in the middle of Auckland, and make it a Test venue is gathering momentum, according to New Zealand Herald. But the newspaper says that the plan is "wishful thinking" and that Colin Maiden Park, a stopgap cricket venue, should be developed to replace a "soulless" Eden Park.

It (vision of Victoria Park as a cricket venue) involves a substantial dollop of wishful thinking and an unspecified and unsourced amount of funding. It also ignores Colin Maiden Park, a stopgap venue that has already proved itself eminently suitable for first-class and limited-overs cricket. Developing that ground further is a more obvious step if cricket's governors wish to play tests at boutique grounds.

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