The enthralling cricket played by Black Caps and India in the semi-finals of the ongoing world cup at Old Trafford, Manchester, has left the fans wanting for more of it, when next time two teams play each other in January 2020.
The Indian team is touring New Zealand in the next summer season where Aucklanders possibly can get the opportunity to enjoy a riveting cricketing contest over the extended period of the long weekend, coinciding with Auckland Anniversary and India’s Republic Day.
Eden Park is committed to hosting two T20 fixtures, along with celebrations of Indian culture, cuisine and cricket to coincide with India’s Republic Day, only if it manages to secure resource consent from Auckland Council.
“Should the resource consent application be approved, we intend to create a celebration of Indian sport, culture and cuisine around the fixture. We look forward to welcoming as many fans as possible through the gates,” a Facebook post by Eden Park said.
It is important to note that Eden Park is restricted by the council’s planning regulations from hosting any sporting fixtures and other events that can potentially cause inconvenience to the residents living in the immediate neighbourhood.
Currently, Eden Park is seeking resource consent from Auckland Council to be able to host the second fixture on Sunday, January 26, and is encouraging as many fans to register their support online directly at https://bit.ly/2J5BPwH or https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say.
Meanwhile, Nick Sautner, the Chief Executive Officer of the Eden Park - the New Zealand’s national stadium, which is currently embattled in securing its long term financial future told the Indian Weekender that they were hopeful of being successful in obtaining resource consent from Auckland Council for this particular match.
“What an unbelievable match,” Nick said referring to the epic world cup semi-final contest at Old Trafford, Manchester.
“It would be memorable to have such a contest in our Eden Park stadium next January when the Indian team visits New Zealand.”
Urging Auckland fans of the two teams to have their say in keeping the fixture at the Eden Park by the resource consent application Nick said, “An intimate setting and fan-friendly boundaries make Eden Park one of the best cricket atmospheres in the world.
“The stadium’s design guarantees an unmatched live cricket experience for fans at the ground or for those watching at home,” Nick told The Indian Weekender.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli congratulates New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after New Zealand won the 1st Semi-final match of 2019 World Cup against India at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on July 10, 2019.