New Zealand Cricket and DB Breweries are reviewing the Tui “Grab a Million” competition.
Tui Grab a Million fans and fans in the Bay Oval at Mt Maunganui. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport
Concerns surrounding the promotion were heightened after previous night’s Twenty20 match between the Black Caps and West Indies at Mount Maunganui.
Many fans trying to catch a six with a hand, which would have won them $50,000, dropped heavily onto or over other spectators, including children.
New Zealand Cricket public affairs manager Richard Boock anticipated a determination on any prospective changes to the competition to be manufactured before the one-day show against Pakistan starts on Saturday.
“From a new Zealand Cricket standpoint, we did not like what we saw last night both in the Bay Oval,” Boock said.
“Crowd security is paramount, it’s a number one priority for everyone and we’re in talks with DB in a way to go forward.
“Until all those talks are completed we haven’t got anything we can discuss at this particular point in time”
A joint statement was released by NZC and DB Breweries on Thursday afternoon.
“Tui together with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) would like to reiterate that audience safety in the Tui Grab a Million promotion is paramount.
“We’re working through the logistics of them, and as soon as there are far more details we’ll discuss them with you.”
Ahead of Wednesday night’s game, NZC was unaware of any official complaints relating to the competition.
Both Black Caps coach Mike Hesson and former squad member Jimmy Neesham also expressed concerns about the prospect of injury.
“I really don’t think anybody likes a number of the scenes we saw last night,” Hesson stated.
“Obviously, security of players and spectators alike is predominant. It is certainly something they are going to be looking at.”
Neesham, posting on social media, even made a proposal for the way the competition could be substituted.
“Tonight for the viewing pleasure: sexiest guys in crimson t-shirts cannonballing into households with small children,” Neesham tweeted.
“Someone will get severely hurt and it will seem like the dumbest thing ever in hindsight.”