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September 4, 2012
The 2012-13 New Zealand domestic season will feature 12 televised HRV Cup matches, on Friday nights during the Christmas holiday period. New Zealand chief executive David White, in a board release, said the deal to broadcast part of the domestic Twenty20 competition was 'an excellent result' for the sport in the country.
"Having the HRV Cup on Friday nights is an excellent result for cricket, with more people getting the chance to see top quality competition. We believe it's the best of both worlds," White said. "There's the opportunity to showcase the HRV Cup in living rooms across the country throughout November and December, while still catering for cricket lovers during the popular holiday period."
The HRV Cup will be played from November 2 to January 20, with the 50-overs competition, the Ford Trophy following. The Ford Trophy will have a five-week window: the first of eight rounds begin on February 26, with the final on March 30, also set to be televised.
The first-class tournament, the Plunket Shield, will be played on either side of Christmas: the first 16 rounds will be played before Christmas, and the remaining 14 from the end of January.
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