8/28/2017 11:26:43 AM

New Zealand to host its first day-night Test in March

New Zealand to host its first day-night Test in March

Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand will stage its first day-night cricket Test next March after Auckland City Council approved the use of Eden Park for the match against England, the country's board said on Monday.

The game, the first of a two-match series, will be played from March 22-26, with the second Test in Christchurch from March 30 to April 3.

The owners of Eden Park had to seek consent from the council due to restrictions on the number of events held at night at the venue in suburban Auckland.

"NZC has a particular focus on improving access to cricket for everyone," New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Operating Officer Anthony Crummy said in a statement.

"Being able to stage the test as a day-nighter is a significant step in the right direction. This means we can promote cricket in its most modern and vibrant incarnation. We can improve accessibility for new audiences and can showcase Eden Park, Auckland and New Zealand to a truly global audience,” he added.

New Zealand played the inaugural day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide in November, 2015.

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