New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has today announced the men’s domestic schedules for 2012-13 with the season featuring up to 180 days of cricket played at 19 venues across the country.
An exciting addition to the domestic calendar is televised Friday night cricket with 12 HRV Cup matches filling the popular time slot. The first fixture is on 2 November 2012 with the bulk of the Twenty20 matches still take place during the traditional holiday period before the final on 20 January 2013.
Another highlight is the five week window for the 50-over Ford Trophy. The first of eight rounds will start on 26 February 2012, with the top four teams contesting the preliminary finals before the televised final on 30 March 2012.
The ten full rounds of Plunket Shield will again be split across the summer, allowing for the premier First-Class competition to have two dedicated periods. The first 16 rounds will be played before Christmas with the remaining 14 rounds getting underway at the end of January.
NZC Chief Executive, David White, said: “There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a schedule and we feel we have a programme which provides plenty of opportunities for fans to enjoy cricket this summer.
“Having the HRV Cup on Friday nights is an excellent result for cricket with more people getting the chance to see top quality competition.
“We believe it’s the best of both worlds. There’s the opportunity to showcase the HRV Cup in living rooms across the country throughout November and December, while still catering for cricket lovers during the popular holiday period.
“Together with the Ford Trophy and Plunket Shield, we have another strong men’s domestic summer of cricket on offer in 2012-13.
“We are thrilled to have the continued support of our men’s domestic cricket commercial partners, HRV and Ford, along with our umpire sponsors, Specsavers. I would also like to thank our broadcast partners SKY TV and Radio Sport who continue to provide excellent coverage of domestic cricket.”
Every match will be scored live on www.blackcaps.co.nz and the MA websites.