NZ Cricket happy not to make budget.

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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For once, New Zealand Cricket was happy not to make budget.

With test wins as rare as hen's teeth, NZC say making short work of the West Indies over-rides the financial loss of no weekend action at the Basin Reserve.

"I'm more than happy, there is no disappointment," NZC chief executive David White said. "We didn't make budget, you are never going to with a three-day test but it is a nice problem to have.

"Our budget for the pre-Christmas tests is not significant. Our big budget series is the Indian one."

White was unsure of the financial shortfall, but reiterated several times that the loss was "not significant".

The West Indies tour concludes on January 15 and the Indian tour starts four days later. India play two tests, the first in Auckland starting on February 6 and the second at the Basin Reserve in Wellington starting February 14. Days two and three will be over the weekend.

"I would expect it to be pretty close to full at the weekend for the Indian test in Wellington," White said.

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- Fairfax Media

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