The ever iconic Basin Reserve cricket ground in New Zealand is set to be renovated. There will be major repair and makeover work done on the stadium, which has been a traditional test ground for the Blackcaps. It is learnt that the roof of one of the stands will be repaired along with the replacement of the present seats.

As per the officials associated with the stadium, the new look Basin Reserve will be simply “world class” and among the finest stadiums in the world. “It’ll be world class. That’s our minimum, to be honest,” Peter Clinton, Cricket Wellington (CW) chief executive said to media personnel.

“My analogy is it’s a bit like a Mt Vic Villa, really, where it looks old and stately and full of character on the outside, but when you open it up and get inside it’s got all the modern conveniences and all the modern materials and bells and whistles that you want,” Clinton said.

Clinton added that the renovation work in the stands is the top priority for Cricket Wellington and the new stands need to be as per the ICC norms. “Our public position is that we favour the removal of the stand, but we know we have to go to the council and back that up with some support and information about why that is and put other options on the table for the council to consider. It’s their asset, they are going to make the final decision on it,” he said.

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