Wellington: Local opposition and the ever ticking clock are conspiring against him but former New Zealand captain Lee Germon remains determined to bring international cricket back to earthquake-ravaged Christchurch in time for the 2015 World Cup.
New Zealand's second city has played host to Test cricket since 1930 and one-dayers since 1973 but that proud record was brought to a shuddering halt on February 22, 2011 when the earthquake devastated the city and killed just under 200 people.
The Lancaster Park ground was wrecked but Canterbury Cricket had already identified a portion of Hagley Park as a potential future venue in line with New Zealand Cricket's policy to play Tests in 'boutique' grounds.
"We were asked in 2008 where the ideal ground for Test cricket was and we said Hagley Park," Germon, chief executive of Canterbury Cricket, told Reuters in a telephone interview of the large park bordering the central city....more
02:43 PM, Apr 11, 2013