New Zealand does away with match referees

New Zealand

First Class cricketers in New Zealand will have to behave themselves of their own accord in the upcoming season, as it was revealed that NZC have done away with travelling match referees.

The board have decided that it's simply too expensive to have the referees travel around the country for the Plunkett Shield, and have asked local venues and boards to provide the officials.

With NZC facing a massive loss this financial year, despite the income from the World Cup in the coffers, head of cricket Lindsay Crocker told  "It wasn't a cheap programme given we had to pay them, travel them round and pay for accommodation.

"It was really disappointing but it was a programme we are simply unable to afford.

"If we had more income then we would be able to do all the programmes we wanted, it's just the nature of running a business and trying to compete on world terms with a budget smaller than our competitors.

"Now we'll be asking the people who host the matches, the major associations, to step up and take responsibility for quality again."

As for the money made from the World Cup, Crocker said it would be saved for other projects, and they had to be wise about their spending.

He added: "The World Cup was a one-off, it isn't a matter of making a nest egg and then expending it.

"We've got to be prudent about that, it gives us an opportunity to sit out any future rainy days and there is also some investment we need to do around facilities.

"The Cricket World Cup money and the legacy we attach from there is really around capital projects rather than operational ones."

Reactions from the Black Caps players on Twitter was amusing, with Jimmy Neesham teasing controversial batsman Jesse Ryder: "Must've heard you aren't playing red ball this season @DijaRyder!"

To which Ryder responded: "@JimmyNeesh great news I will make a come back"