The Plunket Shield match between the Wellington Firebirds and the Central Stags at the Basin Reserve, delayed by a day after the earthquake on Monday morning, has been abandoned.

Frequent aftershocks in the capital have left players sleep-deprived and anxious, and in no fit state to start the game.

Although the Basin Reserve has been assessed as safe by structural engineers, and the match has been given the go-ahead by local authorities, New Zealand Cricket has decided proceeding with the game would be unfair on the players involved.

Options for re-playing the four-day match will be considered by NZC over the coming week.

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Advice from Christchurch, venue for the first Test between the Black Caps and Pakistan, and Nelson, where the White Ferns will play Pakistan women, is more positive - with both matches to start on Thursday as scheduled.