New Zealand-England ODI shifted from McLean Park to Bay Oval

New Zealand and England will play their second ODI at Bay Oval in February according to revised schedule
New Zealand and England will play their second ODI at Bay Oval in February according to revised schedule
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed that McLean Park in Napier has been declared unfit to host the second One-Day International against England in February next year.

As a result, the game has been shifted to Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui after poor weather affected the supply of new grass at McLean Park.

Napier City Council Wayne Jack expressed disappointment on missing out on the chance to host a high profile game.

"This is not the outcome we wanted or were expecting -- we were very much looking forward to the Black Caps meeting England here at McLean Park,” Jack said in the statement.

"However, we’ve been advised by our sportsground turf specialist up in Auckland that the volatile weather conditions have obstructed the opportunity to get this specialised grass grown and we haven’t been able to access the 7,600 tonnes of special grade sand we need to lay the carpet in time.

"Sadly, despite huge effort on all sides, these are factors outside of our control."

The Napier venue has already lost its Test status five years back due to drainage problem and during the Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia last year, an ODI was called off despite dry conditions following morning rain.

An ODI against South Africa has also moved away from the venue suspecting another drainage failure.

NZC had promised to invest NZ$900,000 ($659,000) to help the McLean Park undergo a complete revamping that includes playing surface, drainage, and irrigation.

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