New Zealand in West Indies 2014 June 1, 2014

Third Test moved out of Guyana

ESPNcricinfo staff

The third Test between West Indies and New Zealand has been moved out of Guyana due to West Indies Cricket Board's disagreement on a new bill passed by the government of Guyana. The WICB will announce the alternate venue for the June 26-30 match on June 2.

WICB's decision came in the wake of the passing of the Cricket Administration Bill, which hands over the local cricket administration from an independent body to the Guyana government, and which, in the board's view, goes against the ICC's tenets of minimising government interference in running of cricket.

The board sought an undertaking from Donald Ramotar, the Guyana President, that the bill not be signed into law, but after not receiving the desired response, the board decided to relocate the Test.

New Zealand play the first Test of the three-match series in Kingston from June 8 -12.

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Unless Facebook deceives me, I'd say it's the former BlackCap Shane Bond commenting there.

    On topic though, I'll definitely follow as much of this as I can, and hopefully watch some of the Tests as well. In comparison to the summer's series over in England, I can predict the victor there quite easily. Sri Lanka, or at least their board, don't seem to care about Tests that much nowadays, and based off India's squad 5 Tests will be embarrassing to watch. This contest two years ago however, was interesting despite what the 2-0 scoreline might indicate. I hope for a good contest, with one side in good form and the other striving to improve, at least off the field.

    Barbados or Antigua should probably get the last Test, I'd say.

  • Basil on June 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @Jaya, as an Aussie and I can honestly say I have more interest in the WI/NZ series over the Eng/SL/Ind by a mile. I would also like to agree with NZcricketfan. The T20 mob just don't realise that you don't need to watch every ball over 5 days. You might watch a session, listen on radio driving home from work, in the garden, check the score on the internet. Test cricket is summer. It builds, you get emotionally involved. That's why no fabricated 'super' over in a T20 will ever match a tense finishing Test match for drama.

  • Colin on June 2, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Hey Baghels.a I played rugby and cricket as others have commented here. Cricket in particular test cricket is loved by many kiwis. Sure there aint many of us full stop I guess but for example it was the lead story on the news here when Mac got his 300. Not to mention almost everywhere you go someone will ask you the score or have a radio going. That is the wonder of test cricket you don't have to attend every day or watch every day. Just partake of parts when you can and catch up on radio or web when you can't. Something kiwi's do.

    Cricket is famous here as the sound of summer and test cricket I believe is loved by all cricket followers except perhaps the less interested parts of the T20 mob. Which is a different audience profile and demographic. Rugby is our national game but we love cricket almost as much. And like Rugby we are damn good given there is only 4 million of us. :-} eg India 0 (1 billion) NZ 1 (4million) :-}. Probably also equates to the pay.

  • Marlon on June 1, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Looking forward to a great exciting test series indeed. NZ has improved from nowhere and Windies will be tough at home. Real cricket lovers will find time to watch all test series somehow no matter what.

  • Rob on June 1, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Shame the Guyana just can't get its act together. It should be a heartbeat of Caribbean cricket. And more's the pity that Narine can't be selected - common sense is missing. That said it should be a decent series - 1-1? Pity too that tests generally haven't been scheduled over weekends.

  • jayaesh on June 1, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    @StevieS, okay fellas i get it and i want the game of Cricket to only grow stronger in New Zealand and remember it was not me who commented how many people will watch X or or Y series more, i was just reacting to the sweeping statements made by John Worley .... since we all are establishing facts then is it not also true that ODI's and T20's get much better attendances and higher TV ratings compared to tests in New Zealand contrary to what @John Worley said ?? so the brazen attempt made by Mr Worley to bracket New Zealand along with Australia and England as supreme test lovers falls flat, i repeat that i follow tests as much as other two formats and i really hope this NZvs WI test series is a real cracker which showcases why test matches are so compelling and enduring .

  • Garry on June 1, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    baghels.a hardly, cricket is still the second most popular sport in New Zealand, more children may play soccer but once they get a bit older they usually switch to rugby. A lot of people that play rugby also play cricket. Very few people follow the EPL, I wouldn't have a clue who is winning it, alex ferguson is a good player for liverpool is about all I know.

  • jayaesh on June 1, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @Waupser, mate if you say so i will take your word for it but you will at least agree that Rugby is the dominant sport there and cricket is like a poor country cousin to Rugby .

  • Dummy on June 1, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @baghels.a you're kidding yourself if you think soccer is more popular in NZ than cricket. Just because our side isn't great doesn't mean they don't have support. EPL could never grab the nations attention like a Mccullum triple ton could, or like a test series win over India could.

  • jayaesh on June 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @ John Worley, has WICB given any chance to Pollard in tests yet ?? , last month Pollard got a century for Trinidad when rest of the test specialist were struggling ... Plenty of Test Greats, Pujara,Kallis,Ponting,Cook to name a few have been found wanting at T20. It's a different set of skills, not just something 'anyone can do'. If that was the case, no one would be paying Narine and Maxwell millions if anyone could replicate their feats.We all respect and acknowledge Tests as oldest and most traditional format but just as leaving balls outside off stump and surviving a session is a test of patience and application similarly trying to score 12-15 runs from a Sunil Narine over on a wearing pitch in a t20/ODI when trying to chase a stiff target is equally a big challenge.Lastly in New Zealand forget about this or that format it is a widely known fact that majority of people in New Zealand follow Rugby and even football leagues like EPL have edged ahead of cricket in popularity stakes.

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