Queenstown has been allocated a one-day cricket international this summer – just two weeks after missing out as a World Cup venue.
The Queenstown Events Centre will host a one-dayer between New Zealand’s Blacks Caps and the exciting West Indies side, as tipped by Mountain Scene last week.
The New Year’s Day fixture will be the third of five ODIs the Windies play on their NZ tour which opens on December 3 with three Tests and concludes with two Twenty20 internationals.
Local council boss Adam Feeley hails the news: “We are sure that an exciting team like the West Indies will attract a great crowd and demonstrate why Queenstown supports major sporting events.”
The news will also go some way to making up for Queenstowners’ disappointment that the resort won’t be hosting any Cricket World Cup games in 2015.
The Events Centre has hosted eight ODIs since 2003, however the last two, against the Windies in 2008 and Pakistan in 2011, were called off due to rain.
Like this summer’s game, four of the past games were scheduled round the popular New Year holiday break.