Test goes ahead after earthquake

Test cricket
Hagley Oval

The first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Christchurch will go ahead this week, despite the earthquake that rocked the country over the weekend.

The quake, which measured 7.5 on the Richter Scale, could be felt in Nelson, where the visiting players were staying, and they and their families were left unsettled by the events.

Pakistan team manager Wasim Bari said, as quoted on Cricinfo: “For us it was something new because we don’t have many earthquakes in Pakistan.

“This was a pretty strong one. We’d just finished watching the India-England match and the doors and windows were going from one side to another as if they were made of paper.

“There was some trauma as well for the boys. Back home, the families had felt disturbed.”

But the match at the Hagley Oval will go ahead, as there was no damage to the ground or surrounds.

A NZC spokesperson said: “Preparations for the Test are going ahead, but we are continuing to monitor the situation.

“It’s just a case of staying in touch with authorities.”

The Test starts on 17 November.