Hutt to host Indoor Cricket World Cup

Lower Hutt has been picked to host the next Indoor Cricket World Cup.

The event, in October 2014, will bring 350 players from eight countries to the Hutt Indoor Sports Centre at Hutt Park.

"It's great to see Hutt City chosen for our world-class facilities. With international teams expected to be here for two weeks this is a great chance for us to showcase the vibrancy of our region and prepare the way for an expected increase in visitors as other planned venues are developed," Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said.

Hutt City is expected to host an opening ceremony for the event, showcasing the bicultural history of the region.

The Hutt Indoor Sports Centre was completed in 2012 and features six courts and facilities.

Petone won the right to host the cup over Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, which was seen to have the inside running.

A fast and furious version of the gentile outdoor sport, indoor cricket was devised in the early 1980s in Australia.

Former Black Caps, Scott Styris, Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Simon Doull, Andre Adams, Iain O'Brien and Brendon Diamanti all represented New Zealand at indoor cricket before they made their outdoor international debuts.

The Dominion Post