Kings in, Wizards out
New beginnings, a new home and now a new team for Canterbury, with the domestic
Twenty20 side formerly known as the “Wizards” to be re-branded as the “Kings” - complete
with a royal makeover of purple and gold uniforms.
At the same time, the names of the Major Association’s first-class and one-day teams will be
re-emphasised and re-badged as “Canterbury” – to recognise the traditional roots and
importance of those sides.
Canterbury Cricket Association chief executive Lee Germon says the repackaging exercise
was designed to recognise the vast difference between the more commercially-oriented
Twenty20 competition, and the established traditions of the first-class and one-day teams.
“We believe it’s the perfect time to rebrand and re-position our T20 side to make the best
possible use of current commercial opportunities,” said Germon.
“We are making a clear distinction between our T20 side, and our Plunket Shield and Ford
Trophy teams, both of which will drop the “Wizards” moniker, revert to the traditional name
of “Canterbury”, and receive a newly-designed coat of arms.”
Germon said the makeover of Canterbury’s Twenty20 side mimics developments in
Australia’s Big Bash competition, where all participating teams have names and colours
different to that of their state outfits.
The name Kings was chosen for two reasons: 1) it represented the strength and resilience of
the Canterbury region and people, and 2) it embodied the attributes the team wants to be
known for: power, dominance and courage.
As for the colours, purple and gold were connected to royalty and nobility; were popular
with the younger generation and were distinct from the “red and black” marketed
throughout the region.
“One of the problems we have in Canterbury is that the market is saturated with red and
black brands, some of them with far greater resources than we have”, said Germon. “It’s a
difficult environment in which to gain traction.
“Switching to completely different colours offers us opportunities to stand out and be
recognised, and with that, the chance to grow our product.”
Test Cricket Returns to Christchurch
Christchurch’s Hagley Oval is poised to host New Zealand’s first Boxing Day Test in more than a decade, and the first ever in the South Island, in the ANZ International Series 2014-15.
Starved of international cricket since the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch makes a return to New Zealand Cricket’s international programme this summer, with Hagley Oval being awarded both the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka and the opening One Day International against the same opponents.
Hagley Oval will later host the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, also against Sri Lanka.
Another highlight of the ANZ International Series 2014-15 is confirmation of Tauranga’s Bay Oval as the country’s newest international arena.
NZC Head of Cricket Lindsay Crocker said he was delighted to announce the return of international cricket to Canterbury, and to confirm Hagley Oval as the country’s eighth Test venue.
“Bringing international cricket back to Christchurch was always a priority for NZC,” said Crocker. “And we feel the Boxing Day Test was a good way to celebrate what will be a very special landmark.”
NZC opted to schedule the Test matches in the holiday period this summer, in order to allow the BLACKCAPS an uninterrupted run of ODIs ahead of CWC 2015.
“While our inclination is to play short-form cricket in the holiday period, on this occasion our preference is to play the Tests early so that we can maximise ODI opportunities ahead of the CWC.”
The BLACKCAPS will test themselves against three strong ODI sides at home this summer, as first South Africa, and then Sri Lanka and Pakistan visit.
Between the South African and Sri Lankan series they will travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20..
“The original agreement with Sri Lanka provided for a five-match ODI series and two T20s - but by mutual agreement, again with the CWC in mind, we chose to play seven ODIs,” said Crocker.
“Three very competitive opponents, the chance to play at all our World Cup venues, and to take the team around the country – we think this offers a good lead-in to the CWC, while still maintaining our commitment to Test cricket.”
Features of a busy ANZ International Series include:
• Three ODIs v South Africa in October, two of which will be at Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand's newest international venue
• Tests in Christchurch and Wellington v Sri Lanka and seven ODIs around the country, including a Friday - Sunday double header in Dunedin
• ODIs in Wellington and Napier v Pakistan in late January and early February
The ANZ International Series kicks off on 21 October 2014 at Bay Oval against South Africa. Ticketing information for all matches will be available on blackcaps.co.nz in the coming months.
ANZ International Series 2014-15
1st ANZ ODI Tuesday 21 October, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day
2nd ANZ ODI Friday 24 October, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day
3rd ANZ ODI Monday 27 October, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N
1st ANZ Test 26 – 30 December, Hagley Oval, Christchurch - 1100
2nd ANZ Test 3 – 7 January, Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington - 1100
1st ANZ ODI Sunday 11 January, Hagley Oval, Christchurch - Day
2nd ANZ ODI Thursday 15 January, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N
3rd ANZ ODI Saturday 17 January, Eden Park, Auckland - D/N
4th ANZ ODI Tuesday 20 January, Saxton Oval, Nelson - Day
5th ANZ ODI Friday 23 January, University Oval, Dunedin - Day
6th ANZ ODI Sunday 25 January, University Oval, Dunedin - Day
7th ANZ ODI Wednesday 29 January, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N
1st ANZ ODI Saturday 31 January, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N
2nd ANZ ODI Tuesday 3 February, McLean Park, Napier - D/N
Burnside West Vacancies
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