New Zealand Cricket

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New Zealand Cricket
AffiliationInternational Cricket Council
HeadquartersChristchurch, New Zealand
PresidentDebbie Hockley[1]
ChairmanMartin Snedden[2]
CEODavid White
Men's coachNew Zealand Gary Stead
Women's coachNew Zealand Haidee Tiffen
Other key staffSelector
Mark Greatbatch
SponsorSpark Sport, Pitch International, ANZ, Ford, MediaWorks, Accor Hotels, Canterbury, Dream11, Dynasty Sport, Gillette, G.J. Gardner Homes, Hertz, Les Mills, Monteith's, Powerade, TAB[3]
Official website
New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket, formerly the New Zealand Cricket Council, is the governing body for professional cricket in New Zealand. Cricket is the most popular and highest profile summer sport in New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket operates the New Zealand cricket team, organising Test tours and One-Day Internationals with other nations. It also organises domestic cricket in New Zealand, including the Plunket Shield first-class competition, the Ford Trophy domestic one-day competition and the Super Smash domestic Twenty20 competition

David White is the Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Cricket. Kane Williamson is the current Black Caps captain in all forms of the game, succeeding Brendon McCullum who retired in 2016.


On 27 December 1894, 12 delegates from around New Zealand met in Christchurch to form the New Zealand Cricket Council. Heathcote Williams was elected the inaugural president, and Charles Smith the secretary. The council's aims were to promote and co-ordinate cricket in New Zealand and to organize international tours from and to New Zealand.[4]

Cricket development[edit]

New Zealand Cricket has established High Performance Cricket training centre based at Lincoln University. It also operates a grassroots development programme for school children called 'MILO Kiwi Cricket'. John Wright, former NZ opening batsman, was appointed acting high performance manager for NZC in November 2007 before taking up the head coach position in December 2010.

Former Australian Coach John Buchanan was appointed as NZC Director of Cricket in May 2011 as the architect of our new high performance programme. He will perform a number of key duties including the establishment of clear and consistent national coaching philosophies, implement a talent identification programme and oversee the Selection Panel.

New Zealand has many private cricket academies. The Bracewell Cricket Academy based at Rathkeale College is one of the largest cricket academies, providing an Overseas Cricket Development Programme, a Pre-Season Coaching Camp and a Festival of Cricket.

There are over 100,000 registered cricketers in New Zealand.[5] By way of comparison, Australia and the UK have around 500,000 each.[6][7] According to Mark O'Neill, New Zealand's batting coach from 2007 to 2009, the competition at club level in NZ is nowhere near as intense as in Australia.

"In Sydney there are 20 first grade teams, each club has five grades. To get to first grade you've got to be a friggin' good player and once you get there the competition is very, very fierce. Unfortunately it's not the same standard [in NZ]. Competition is everything and the only way the New Zealand guys are going to get that is to play the world's best players."[8]

Domestic competitions[edit]

New Zealand Cricket operates the New Zealand cricket team, organising Test tours and One-Day Internationals with other nations. It also organises domestic cricket in New Zealand, including the Plunket Shield first-class competition, the Ford Trophy domestic one-day competition and the Super Smash domestic Twenty20 competition.


New Zealand Cricket involves the following domestic teams:


New Zealand Cricket derives most of its revenue from the sale of two types of broadcasting rights.

  1. Broadcasting rights to home internationals.
  2. A share of the broadcasting rights the ICC sells to its tournaments, such as the World Cup.

Host nations pick up all the expenses of touring teams, but get sole access to all broadcast rights and gate receipts.

In November 2007 it was announced that NZC had made a 5-year deal for the broadcasting rights to home internationals for NZ$65.4m with Sony Entertainment Television. The previous four-year deal between NZC and ESPN-Star was for only NZ$14.4m. Part of the 5-fold increase in value is due to the Indian team's tour of NZ in 2009.

Immediately prior to the 2009 Indian tour of NZ the Sunday Star Times reported that "NZ Cricket hits $25m jackpot".[9]

The article claimed that NZ Cricket will get $1 million for each of the 22 days the Indians take the field and that NZ Cricket had insured against loss of income for the sale of TV rights due to bad weather. NZC boss Justin Vaughan also said that a tour by India generates "many times" more income than tours by Australia, South Africa and England and that the Indian tour was worth more to NZC than the payout from the Cricket World Cup, which was around $20m.

The article also states that over the past two years, NZC's income has been around $30m, but this year (2009)[needs update] Vaughan is hoping to get more than $40 million from broadcast rights, sponsorship and ticket sales.

In 2007, the ICC sold the rights to broadcast the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20 to ESPN Star Sports until 2015 for US$1 billion. NZC will receive a slice of that.

In November 2017, Star Sports acquired the broadcast and digital rights for New Zealand Cricket for all men's and women's international matches being organised in the country till April 2020 for the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.[10][11]

Partnership with USA Cricket (2010)[edit]

On 19 December 2010, after months of negotiations, New Zealand Cricket announced it had signed a business deal with USACA which would see New Zealand play a certain number of games in the US and also make its players available to participate in any Twenty20 leagues in the USA. A new company was created called Cricket Holdings America LLC. This new company will hold the rights to hold Twenty20 leagues within the United States. New Zealand Cricket chief Justin Vaughan said he was happy with the development because New Zealand was a small market and to exploit a market will allow New Zealand Cricket to secure its funding in the long-term and will also allow cricket to develop popularity as a game in the United States of America.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former White Fern Debbie Hockley named New Zealand Cricket's first female president". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Martin Snedden elected New Zealand Cricket chairman". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Cricket (NZC)". Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Cricket Conference: Formation of a New Zealand Council". Press. LI (8987). 28 December 1894. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Cricket". Media Resources – Tourism New Zealand's site for international media and broadcast professionals. 16 September 2009. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  6. ^ "how many cricket players are there throughout the UK". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Hot for it". Archived from the original on 5 September 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  8. ^ Barclay, Chris (19 January 2008). "Cricket: The Aussie with hard words for our top order". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  9. ^ Donaldson, Michael (21 February 2009). "NZ Cricket hits $25m jackpot". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  10. ^ "A key new partnership". New Zealand Cricket. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Star Sports bag telecast rights for International matches in New Zealand". CricTracker. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  12. ^ Penna, Peter Della (19 December 2010). "USA Cricket News: USA and New Zealand sign deal to promote cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2013.

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