Reserves of uniqueness | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 07, 2019

FROM THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

Reserves of uniqueness

One of the oldest grounds in New Zealand, the Basin Reserve in Wellington has a rich history which the authorities try to preserve with a touch of uniqueness. Situated at the centre of the country's capital the stadium premises are open all throughout the year. Most people use the stadium in their daily lives as a walkway surrounded by the legacy of New Zealand cricket.

There is a cricket museum that displays all the historic items and memorabilia  of all the cricketing nations that played at this ground. The Bangladesh team also donated a Test jersey bearing the autographs of all the members of the team back in 2017.

However, the museum is currently closed for renovation work and is expected to re-open in February 2020.

The stadium also has a big manhole on the pathway, and its cover is engraved with all the world records that have taken place at the Basin Reserve, including Brendon McCullum's record of playing 100 consecutive Tests for New Zealand.

Another unique feature of the ground, that will surely catch the eye, is the picket fence along the boundary of the wind-swept ground. There are certain names written on each picket with a date and a serial number. The names are actually of those who have donated money for the stadium. Interestingly, anyone can have his name along the boundary fence if they donate a fixed amount of 140 NZ dollars  -- not a very dear price to be permanently associated with one of the most interesting cricket grounds in the world.

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