There has been a change in the venue of the fourth ODI between New Zealand and South Africa. The match scheduled at McLean Park of Napier on March 1 is moved to Seddon Park in Hamilton. As per reports, the stadium at Napier will undergo an “urgent remedial work” on turf, drainage, and irrigation system.
Earlier, the February 2 Chappell-Hadlee match was also moved to another venue from the same stadium. Per New Zealand Cricket and Napier City Council, the decision to move out the match was in the best interest of the park’s cricketing future. The report highlighted that the ODI match have avoided an unacceptable risk of a drainage failure. The report also confirmed that all tickets bought for the venue will be refunded.
Per NZC Chief officer Anthony Crummy, the disaster in the Chappell-Hadlee match happened due to drought condition at Hawke Bay. The levels of water increased in the following day flooding the stadium, which was with limited drainage infrastructure. The officer said although several measured could be taken to eradicate such “worst case scenario” there were still some risk in the upcoming match. He said such risk is unacceptable aligning his statement with NZC and the city council. Recently, Napier City Council has committed an upgrade of dollar 900,000 for the ground. The renovation will include a complete replacement of playing surface, drainage, and the irrigation system.
Mayor of Napier City Council Bill Dalton was “bitterly disappointed” on behalf of fans, players, and the council for the second February episode in Chappell-Hadlee trophy. He said the ground is in a superb location but the turf is old and deteriorated dramatically due to recent drought in Hawke’s Bay. He also mentioned about the issues with organic matters beneath the surface of the ground. The mayor said they do not know about the problem, but they are dealing with it urgently. Previously, several matches were moved from the stadium due to the same problem.
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