Kookaburra will continue to be the ball of choice for cricket in New Zealand after Kookaburra Sport and New Zealand Cricket extended its partnership for three years.
The partnership will see the iconic Kookaburra ball used for Test and first class cricket and is part of Kookaburra’s ongoing commitment to cricket at all levels in New Zealand.
New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White said Kookaburra’s partnership with cricket in New Zealand remains strong.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Kookaburra, who have made a significant contribution to cricket in New Zealand at all levels,” said White.
“Their work at the grassroots level in particular deserves to be recognised and we thank them for their ongoing support."
Kookaburra’s General Manager in New Zealand Jason Mills is looking forward to the collaborative elements of the partnership.
“Kookaburra has been really pleased with the way we’ve worked with NZC on concepts such as the pink ball and improving the ball for New Zealand conditions. The willingness from both parties to innovate and improve makes this a strong partnership,” Mills said.
“New Zealand Cricket has shown its progressive attitude to the game with its cooperation on any research and development projects we have undertaken. They should be congratulated for their openness to continuous improvement, and we look forward to some exciting projects ahead. ”
“This complements the work we do at grassroots level where Kookaburra financially supports the majority of junior, youth, men’s and women’s leagues. We work creatively with leagues on ball solutions to help make cricket cost-effective for people from all backgrounds.”
Kookaburra has been the ball of choice for Test cricket in New Zealand for more than 50 years. The first pink ball Day/Night Test in New Zealand was played during March with the pink Kookaburra ball, and New Zealand Cricket instrumental in the concept first occurring when the Blackcaps agreed to play Australia under lights in 2015.
The majority of Test nations use the red Kookaburra ball, while the white Kookaburra ball is used in all ODI cricket and for major Twenty20 competitions like the Super Smash, the IPL and BBL.
Kookaburra also supports a number of Blackcaps and Whiteferns players as brand ambassadors, including Tom Latham, Amy Sattherthwaite, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Sophie Devine, BJ Watling, Todd Astle, Maddy Green and Lockie Ferguson.