address Kingsmead Test concerns
Durban – In the wake of the abandoned first match of the Sunfoil Test
Series between the Standard Bank Proteas and the New Zealand Black Caps at
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead this week, the Durban-based franchise is taking
steps to ensure that its status as a premier test cricket venue is not in
doubt, and will compensate fans for tickets purchased on days when no play
was possible during the Test.
“It was very disappointing to lose that amount of time in a Test match
that Durban Test cricket fans were really looking forward to,” said Rajesh
Behari, acting CEO of the Sunfoil Dolphins . “I was amazed at how patient
and understanding our fans were during those lengthy delays, for which we
are really grateful.”
“We benchmark this stadium by the very best in the world and are
determined to ensure that each and every match and Test matches in
particular, are memorable at this venue, which has hosted 42 Tests since
the first one against England in 1923.
“The only ground to have hosted more Test matches in South Africa is PPC
Newlands and our rich Test cricket heritage here at Sahara Stadium
Kingsmead is something that we guard unwaveringly, as it brings with it a
loyal following of cricket fans whom we value deeply.”
Behari reinforced the impact that the highly unusual heavy winter
rainfall, combined with the late work done on the outfield, had had on the
venue’s outfield during the match.
The CEO added his weight to Cricket South Africa’s acknowledgement that
the Kingsmead ground staff, under Wilson Ngobese, had done everything in
their power to deal with the problems with the softened outfield, but that
their role was limited in scope by the match officials in charge of the
Test once the wet outfield complications developed.
“We are already hard at work taking measures to ensure that the condition
of the outfield does not impact on both international and domestic
fixtures in the future.”
The Sunfoil Dolphins and KZN Cricket Union have confirmed that fans who
purchased tickets for the days on which no play was possible, would be
able to exchange these tickets for tickets to any domestic match in
Durban, simply by making contact with the Ticketing Office of the KZN
Fans preferring a refund may do so also via the KZNCU’s Ticketing Office
should they have purchased their tickets through the stadium’s ticket
office while those who purchased their tickets from Ticket Pro must apply
to Ticket Pro directly for refunds.
The Sunfoil Dolphins play their first game at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in
the Sunfoil Series four-day competition over the last weekend in October.
“Summer rains are a reality in Durban and we want to make sure that this
ground, which has a good reputation for drainage and dealing with
rain-delays, will be in top condition for the upcoming domestic fixtures
as well as the two internationals against Australia and Sri Lanka,” said
He added that he was looking forward to ensuring that fans attending the
two upcoming international ODIs at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in October and
February enjoy a rewarding matchday experience at the iconic international
The KZNCU Ticket Office can be contacted at 031 3354285 or 031 3354200
during office hours.
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