21 October 201409:38

Hagley Oval receives ICC accreditation

New Zealand's newest cricket ground and venue for the opening game of Cricket World Cup 2015 has received the official tick of approval

Hagley Oval receives ICC accreditation - Cricket News

The Christchurch venue has been granted its ICC Warrant of Fitness.

The Hagley Oval, the country’s newest cricket ground and venue for the opening game of Cricket World Cup 2015, has received the official tick of approval from the International Cricket Council.

The Christchurch venue, developed in the wake of the 2011 earthquake, has been granted its ICC Warrant of Fitness – the ground’s final accreditation hurdle ahead of the Boxing Day ANZ Test against Sri Lanka and the start of the Cricket World Cup 2015.

ICC officials assessed the ground’s on and off-field facilities, weighed them against the required criteria for new venues, and concluded they were of “good standard” to host international fixtures.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Head of New Zealand Therese Walsh says Hagley Oval is now ready to shine on the world stage.

“From the earliest days of tournament planning, knowing what sport means to Cantabrians and the challenges the city has faced, we had a vison of Hagley Oval playing a key role in the Cricket World Cup.”

“The oval and pavilion are truly world class, and it will be a very special occasion when Hagley Oval is beamed around the world for the opening match on 14 February.”

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White welcomed the ICC accreditation, saying the Hagley Oval was sure to become an important venue on the organisation’s schedule for international cricket.

“The Hagley Oval offers rare flexibility,” says Mr White. “It can operate in boutique mode when smaller attendances are expected, or can expand to cater for a crowd of about 20,000 when required.”

“We’re delighted to have another quality international venue approved by the ICC.”

Canterbury Cricket Chief Executive Lee Germon said the latest decision reflected well on the co-operation between the many stakeholders in the project – among them the Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury Cricket Trust, New Zealand Cricket and Cricket World Cup 2015.

“We call it a ground for all generations,” says Germon. “The Hagley Oval balances nicely the heritage of the precinct, and all the modern, high-tech innovation that is needed for an international cricket venue.

“Receiving the official stamp of approval is an important milestone for a ground designed to serve the region for the next hundred years.”