Harris surprised at World Cup snub for resort


Former New Zealand one-day cricketing great Chris Harris is surprised Queenstown wasn’t allocated a Cricket World Cup fixture this summer.

Harris, who played in four world cups, is accompanying the Cricket World Cup trophy to Queenstown today as part of a 22-stop national trophy tour.

NZ and Australia host the tournament next February and March.

Calling the Queenstown Events Centre’s “one of the most picturesque grounds in the world”, he says doesn’t know why it’s not hosting a game.

Harris is delighted Black Cap Corey Anderson broke the world record for the fastest international one-day century on New Year’s Day this year when he scored 100 off 36 balls against the West Indies.

“It’s a special town so it was only fitting that something so special in the world of cricket happened there.

“What other ground would you want it to happen on?”

Renowned for his lively fielding close to the wicket, Harris says this area of the game is even more important nowadays.

“There’s going to be bits of fielding this World Cup which are going to help win a team the trophy.

“The great thing is you’ve got five or six world-class fielders in this current Black Caps side.”

With five or six fast bowlers who can bowl 140kmh, probably four or five batters ranking in the world’s top 30, powerful players like Anderson and good slow-bowling options, the Black Caps have all bases covered for this World Cup, Harris says.

The trophy will be at the Events Centre today from 7.30am-11.30am and at The Octagon in Dunedin on Wednesday from 6am till 9am.

The tour includes an interactive exhibition on the tournament’s history and cricket skills challenges.