Rose Bowl Series Cancelled Following Earthquake

Rose Bowl Series Cancelled Following Earthquake
Rose Bowl Series Cancelled Following Earthquake
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Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the Rose Bowl series following Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch.

The quake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, badly damaged NZC's offices in the city although no staff or players from either side were injured.

CA is now making plans to bring their players - who were training when the earthquake hit - home safely.

"It is a terrible time for New Zealand but we are pleased that NZC’s staff are also safe and well," CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said.

Team manager Julie Savage added: "We were training yesterday when the earthquake hit and while we felt the earth move beneath our feet, no-one was injured and we continued training after the tremor stopped.

"It wasn’t until we later switched on the TV and saw the disastrous impact the earthquake had on the city of Christchurch.

"Everyone in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad is safe and well and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and all those affected by this terrible disaster.

"We would like to thank everyone here at Lincoln University for their support."

The two sides were due to play three One-Day Internationals on 24th, 26th and 28th February in Lincoln. The five-match Twenty20 International series was drawn 2-2.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said an 'appropriate' gesture will be made ahead of New Zealand's next World Cup match, against Australia on 25th February - a game that will also serve as this year's Chappell-Hadlee Trophy decider.

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