Christchurch, the city which will host the first Test, is supposedly 110 miles away from the epicentre of the earthquake that occurred on Sunday. Tremors were felt across the city on Monday evening, as Richter scale revealed a whopping 7.8 magnitude. Structure engineers have inspected the ground and submitted a detailed report to the New Zealand cricket board.
A New Zealand spokesperson informed: “Preparations for the Test are going ahead, but we are continuing to monitor the situation. It’s just a case of staying in touch with authorities.”
Both teams are set to kick-start their practice sessions from Tuesday in Christchurch. The members of the Pakistan squad were in Nelson when the quake unleashed and had opted to stay in the reception area of the hotel. Wasim Bari, the team manager, disclosed that NZC had taken measures to ensure players safety.
New Zealand pacer Matt Henry, a resident of Christchurch, defined the situation as “a bit scary” and believed cricket would do a world of good as “It brings the community together and brings back a bit of normality.”
New Zealand women’s team, were in the 13th floor of a hotel when the tremors started. Basit Ali, the team manager, informed Pakistan’s Geo News that they were all safe.