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New Zealand Cricket

New Zealand Cricket

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 captain.


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.

At Rathkeale 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 cricket festival.

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 Australia.

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 weather.

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.



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