Eden Park hosted New Zealand's first day-night Test © Getty Images
Eden Park hosted New Zealand’s first day-night Test © Getty Images

With Test cricket fighting for space between ODIs and Twenty20 cricket, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is on the look out for a new stadium in Auckland. NZC have deemed Eden Park as not financially for red-ball cricket. Eden Park has hosted New Zealand in Tests for 88 years. The ground has not been allotted Tests against Sri Lanka or Bangladesh on upcoming tours.

According to The Indian Express, NZC CEO David White has said that the board is looking to develop former speedway track Western Springs as new Test venue in Auckland by next year: “Auckland is currently missing out significantly on international cricket exposure due, primarily, to the lack of a cost-effective, financially-viable venue. Eden Park, the only ICC-sanctioned arena in New Zealand’s most populous city, is unaffordable for all but the biggest and, by definition, the rarest of international cricket fixtures.  Additionally, Eden Park’s small size and rectangular, football-shaped playing field continually risks compromising the integrity of cricket matches hosted there.”

Apart from being one of New Zealand’s premier Test venues (the ground has hosted 50 Tests), Eden Park has also hosted semi-finals of the 1992 and 2015 Cricket World Cups and New Zealand’s first day-night Test, against Australia last year.