Earthquake forces Plunket Shield delay in Wellington

File photo – The Basin Reserve needs to be checked for possible damage © Getty Images

The Plunket Shield match between Wellington and Central Districts in Wellington has been postponed by at least a day because of the earthquake in New Zealand late on Sunday night. The delay is because the venue – Basin Reserve – needs to be checked for any damage that may have been caused by the quake.

“A start tomorrow will be contingent upon, 1) approval from structural engineers, and 2) the go-ahead from Wellington local authorities,” New Zealand Cricket said on Monday. “The other two Plunket Shield matches scheduled to start today, at Invercargill and Tauranga, are proceeding as planned.”

NZC also said the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, the venue for the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan from Thursday, and the Saxton Oval in Nelson, where an ODI between the two countries’ women’s teams is scheduled for the same day, were being assessed for safety as well.

“New Zealand Cricket will continue to monitor the status of each of those international venues, and liaise with the appropriate authorities ahead of the fixtures,” NZC said.

The Pakistan women’s team was in Christchurch while their men’s team was in Nelson when the earthquake – measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale – occurred on Sunday night. Both teams were safe.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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