New Zealand schedule almost empty June 16, 2006

Snedden not worried by lack of Tests

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Martin Snedden, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, has said that he is not worried about New Zealand's lack of Test cricket in the coming year. Between now and November 2007, they only have two Tests scheduled, both against Sri Lanka in December.

"We struggle over the next 24 months with Tests. There isn't much for a while but then we have lots and end up playing about the same amount as Sri Lanka and Pakistan," Snedden explained. "Sure, the amount of cricket we play isn't anywhere near as great as Australia, England and India but there are some commercial influences there.

"The other thing is our programme is quite balanced around player workload, which the others struggle with." In the new Future Tours Program recently announced by the ICC, New Zealand have 47 Tests in the next six years. Only Zimbabwe (39) and Bangladesh (41) will play less.

But the public feedback to Cricinfo has largely been one of frustration, with Snedden and his board being accused of overseeing "the constructive dismissal of Test cricket" from New Zealand.