Home ventilation company HRV is the new sponsor of New Zealand’s Twenty20 cricket tournament. The three-year deal also heralds a new name for the competition – the HRV Cup.
Next year’s HRV Cup matches take place from January 2 to 31. With money, high profile and increased media coverage guaranteed, Black Cap players can now play in their provincial teams. Six will take part in the tournament and the winning team will earn a place in the lucrative Champions League of Twenty20 victors from around the world.
The start of a beautiful friendship: HRV’s national sales manager Mike Perrett with Justin Vaughan, CEO New Zealand Cricket. Marc Ellis is nowhere in sight.
The news this week of veteran news heads Mark Jennings and Tim Murphy launching a news service was widely celebrated across journalism circles, with many applauding the arrival of a publication dedicated to, as Murphy said, focusing on quality and “doing the news”. But was that excitement a bit pre-emptive? And – the question of the ages – how is it going to pay for it all?