Formation of Cricket Council
It was this match which, in all probability, was the strongest single fact that led to the formation of the New Zealand Cricket Council. Administrators felt that, if similar matches were to be played in later years, their arrangement and management could best be accomplished by a body which spoke for all New Zealand cricketers. On 27 December 1894, therefore, a meeting of delegates from the various associations was held in Christchurch, and the New Zealand Cricket Council was formed.
The objects of the council, as adopted, were:
the advancement of the game of cricket throughout New Zealand;
the arrangement of intercolonial and foreign matches;
the making of all arrangements incidental to the visits of all teams to New Zealand, and the management and control of all New Zealand representative teams playing within or without New Zealand;
the control and management of all interprovincial matches;
the settlement of all disputes and differences between associations affiliated to the council; and
the adoption of all rules and amendments from time to time passed by the Marylebone Cricket Club.