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Cricket in dark over stadium plans
Sunday October 22, 2006
By Dylan Cleaver

New Zealand Cricket boss Martin Snedden admits being in the dark about Eden Park.

New Zealand is due to co-host the Cricket World Cup with Australia in 2015, and a re-developed Eden Park was one of the pillars of the bid.

"Our thinking all along is that games would be played at Eden Park," Snedden said.

A waterfront stadium, which some believe is the Government's preferred option, would leave that up in the air.

Snedden said he had asked the Ministry of Economic Development to brief him.

"We've had no contact whatsoever from anywhere.

"I have no idea whether it's being contemplated that cricket will be part of [a waterfront stadium]. I'm completely in the dark as to what's intended and how it would be structured.

"I anticipate that sometime next week they will brief me, but certainly before this thing gets close to a decision they need to let us know what's happening.

"If they are anticipating in any way our involvement then they should be seeking our view. But if cricket is not going to be involved then it is a matter of briefing us."

Snedden conceded there was a concern if a waterfront stadium was given the tick.

"If a stadium of this magnitude goes ahead I would assume the Government would want to tie in New Zealand Rugby to playing tests there. I have no idea beyond that which stakeholders they would want to secure.

"I would have thought it's a lot more complicated when you talk about the likes of Auckland Rugby who derive a significant amount of their income out of their beneficial part-ownership of Eden Park."

Snedden said it shouldn't be assumed that if the All Blacks played at a new stadium Auckland Rugby would move there.

"They would have to weigh that up. They would also be thinking along the same lines as we are as to whether you want to be in a 60,000-seat stadium."