Formerly called the New Zealand
Cricket Board, New Zealand Cricket is the
organization responsible for governing New Zealand’s
professional cricket. The most popular sport during
summer in New Zealand is cricket and it is the one
with the highest profile in the country.
The operator of the New Zealand team for cricket is
the New Zealnd Cricket. It organizes test tours as
well as one-day internationals with other countries.
It is also responsiblefor organizing local cricket
matches in New Zealand which include the State
Championship which is a first class competition, the
State Shield --- a one day local competition, and
the State Twenty20 match.
The present CEO of the New Zealand Cricket is Justin
Vaughan while Daniel Vettori is its national
The training center of the New Zealand Cricket is located at
the Lincoln University and it was established for optimum
performance. A grassroots program for the development of
school children known as the “MILO Kiwi Cricket” is also
being operated there. A former New Zealand opening batsman,
John Wright, was given the position of manager of high
performance by the NZC in 2007 of November. The country has
several private academies dedicated to cricket.
College, there is the Bracewell Cricket Academy, one
of the country’s biggest academies for cricket which
provides a coaching camp during pre-season, a
development program for overseas cricket, and a
As compared to the UK’s and Australia’s half a
million registered cricket players each, New Zealand
has approximately one hundred thousand. The NZ’s
batting coach from 2007 to 2009, Mark O’Neill, says
that the club level competition in New Zealand comes
nowhere near to the intensity of what they have in
Most of the revenue of the New Zealand Cricket is
derived from the sale of two kinds of broadcasting
rights. The International Cricket Council (ICC)
sells a share of the rights to broadcast to its
tournaments (one is the World Cup).
Although host countries pay for all the expenses of
the guest teams, they get sole rights to all gate receipts
and broadcast rights.
It was announced in 2007 of November that Sony Entertainment
Television had struck a five-year deal with the New Zealand
Cricket for the home internationals broadcasting rights to
the tune of 65.4 million New Zealand dollars.
The previous deal of four years between the New Zealand
Cricket and ESPN-Star was just for 14.4 million New Zealand
dollars. The New Zealand tour of 2009 by the Indian team was
partly responsible for this five-fold value increase.
Immediately before the Indian team’s 2009 New Zealand tour,
the Sunday Star Times stated that the New Zealand Cricket
had hit the “$25m jackpot".
This same article claimed that the New Zealand Cricket will
get a million dollars for every one of the twenty two days
the Indians take the field. Apparently, the New Zealand
Cricket had taken out a policy in the event of loss of
income for the selling of rights for TV because of bad
Justin Vaughan, the head of the New Zealand Cricket, also
claimed that an Indian tour produces income many time over
than those of Australian, South African, or British. He also
maintains that tours by India are worth more to the New
Zealand Cricket than the Cricket World payout which amounted
to approximately twenty million dollars.