Black Caps cricket captain Daniel Vettori is going into bat for the Queenstown Events Centre as a Test venue.
“I think it has a huge future as a Test match ground,” Vettori tells Mountain Scene, ahead of this coming Wednesday’s one-day international against Pakistan.
This will be the seventh ODI at the ground, but it’s still yet to stage a Test match.
“I think it would be a great Test match venue,” Vettori says.
“The thing you look at the most is the wicket, and I think the wicket’s outstanding.
“You can always build training facilities around [the ground].
“The people there love it and they go out of their way to make you feel pretty comfortable.”
Asked how he rates the surroundings, Vettori says: “It’s an interesting ground because you get the scenery and everyone loves that.
“But you also lose a lot of the crowd appreciation ’cos their noise gets lost.
“You almost feel like you’re just playing in front of a mountain, which can excite some people, but I think it is a very picturesque ground and one that the guys love coming to play at.”
Vettori also rates the pitch for one-dayers: “I think the pitch is actually one of the best ones in the country.
“It has got a little bit of pace in it, I think bowlers enjoy bowling there, but once you get yourself in as a batsman, it’s tough to remove you, so it’s the ideal wicket for one-day cricket.”
Wednesday’s game, starting at 11am, is the second of six one-dayers between NZ and Pakistan, with both teams fine-tuning their games ahead of the World Cup on the subcontinent next month.
Meanwhile, Mountain Scene understands the Events Centre is in line to host South Africa in a one-dayer next summer.