South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17 February 16, 2017

NZC to monitor Christchurch fires

Hagley Oval in Christchurch is set to host the second ODI against South Africa Andrew Fernando / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

New Zealand Cricket is monitoring the situation in Christchurch ahead of the second one-day international against South Africa next Wednesday as bush fires continue to rage in the Port Hills area close to the city.

The fires, which started on Monday, have destroyed homes, caused large evacuations, and led to a state of civil emergency being called in Christchurch.

Currently, the ODI at Hagley Oval is expected to go ahead but NZC will be taking advice as required. Health warnings have been issued about the smoke from the fires.

"We are monitoring the situation and taking note of the advisories," an NZC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, offered his thoughts to the people of Christchurch. "It's pretty devastating, the Cantabs have had a very tough time of it recently and to see the fires, we certainly hope they are out or under control very quickly. It's obviously a tough time for them."

The fourth ODI of the series on March was moved from Napier to Hamilton earlier this week due to the concerns about the outfield at McLean Park following the abandoned match against Australia.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pauln2 on February 18, 2017, 7:53 GMT

    NZC becoming the weather watch service - first Napier, then Christchurch. Sounds like overthinking what are not necessarily problems to me.

  • keeravon on February 16, 2017, 22:43 GMT

    jezz the fire is not anywhere near Hagley oval, and its 5 days until the game so many people blowing this out of proportion the game will go ahead have faith

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