Can New Zealand, declared as completely ‘Covid19 virus free’ zone be the solution for the cricket boards struggling to get their cricket going. According to Heath Mills, New Zealand cricket players chief, New Zealand would welcome the opportunity to act as a neutral host for Test cricket this winter.
“Nothing has been confirmed but I know there would be a willingness, certainly on the part of New Zealand, to do what it could.”
The biggest issue in organizing cricket in New Zealand is that country is not in the best of time zone of cricket playing countries. The difference in the time zone impacts the broadcast revenues which will be deterrent for anybody to move their cricket to New Zealand.
“There are a few logistical issues, namely the number of grounds we have and the volume of cricket we can play in any one year.
“There are barriers and we’re not the best broadcast time-zone but I think in theory this could happen. “And I definitely believe from a global point of view, we all need to do whatever we can to help each other at the moment.”
Mills invite India – England to play in New Zealand
England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had declared in April, that they are in talks with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to explore opportunity of hosting some of England cricket in New Zealand. Though things have changed since then as ECB is now ready to host the West Indies team for 3 test series in England itself next month. Mills still feels some other cricket boards can use the neutral venue concept to host their cricket in New Zealand.
India & SriLanka is now schedule to host England between January and March. According to Mills as the sub-continent still suffers from Covid19 pandemic these series can be hosted at a neutral venue in NewZealand – and one capable of actually hosting a crowd.