Stead Says New Zealand Ready For 'long Night' Of World Cup Final
Zeeshan Mehtab 6 days ago Fri 12th July 2019 | 07:47 PM
New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes sports fans across the rugby-mad country will be pulling an all-nighter in front of their television sets when his side face tournament hosts England in the Cricket World Cup final
Neither side have won the World Cup before, although Sunday's showpiece match at Lord's will be New Zealand's second successive appearance in the final after they finished runners-up to Australia four years ago.
In Britain, an agreement between rights-holders Sky and Channel 4 will see the match screened on free to air television in the hope that millions of new followers will tune in to watch an England side captained by Eoin Morgan go one better than their predecessors of 1979, 1987 and 1992 by winning the final.
That is despite a scheduled start time of 9:30 pm local time (0930 GMT), which could cause problems for bars and pubs in New Zealand who did not apply for a late liquor licence after failing to anticipate the Black Caps' run to the final.
"My understanding is it's on free to air back home also, which is awesome," Stead told reporters at Lord's on Friday.
"Many people will stay up late and I know a lot of them will be spending some late hours. Monday might be a public holiday back home because most of New Zealand will be staying up watching the game.""We've had a lot of supportive messages and we're really excited about what's ahead," added Stead.