The special Aotearoa will mark end of the Maori language week Photo Courtesy New Zealand Twitter
The special Aotearoa will mark end of the Maori language week Photo Courtesy New Zealand Twitter

New Zealand will take the field against Zimbabwe with Aotearoa written on their jerseys instead of New Zealand. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and the move has been taken by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to commemorate the Maori language week. They will play the 1st One-Day International (ODI) in those jerseys. The move has received widespread support from the general New Zealand public and is expected to help the game of cricket further it’s profile among the indigenous people of New Zealand. Maori’s have good participation numbers in rugby but not so much in cricket.

 

“NZC want to extend cricket’s reach and make it more welcoming to communities not always closely aligned with the game, it’s something we haven’t done particularly well in the past. We’ve been too one dimensional in our approach and especially in regard to addressing under-representation in certain communities. But we have to start somewhere,” David White, NZC chief was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.