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David White backs Eden Park for test cricket

AARON LAWTON
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2012

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Test cricket could one day be played on a purpose-built outer oval at North Harbour Stadium, according to an issues paper released by the Auckland Council-controlled Regional Facilities Auckland on Friday.

But talk of the proposal came as news to the CEO of New Zealand Cricket, David White, who says he only learned of the suggestion on Thursday night.

In the document, which opens up for debate the future of Auckland's stadiums and was prepared after "engagement with a number of key sporting codes", is the proposal that North Harbour Stadium's outer oval be developed into a venue that can host international test cricket.

Auckland Cricket has already condemned the idea, with CEO Mark Cameron saying his organisation intends to stay at its current base at Eden Park and would be opposed to relocating.

White said NZC would back Auckland Cricket in any debate about a test cricket venue in Auckland, but conceded his desire was to see the five-day game return to the country's biggest city on a more regular basis. When England tour New Zealand next summer they will play a test at Eden Park – the first in Auckland since 2006.

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