Plans to install floodlights at the University Oval are being put on hold.
The Otago Cricket Association is shelving the idea, due to rising costs.
It was promised $1m by the Dunedin City Council for the project.
But the association can't afford its share of expenses, which are skyrocketing.
Floodlights would allow international day-night tests to be played in Dunedin.
For that to happen, the Oval embankment needs to be expanded to accommodate a larger crowd.
Now the association's focusing on that upgrade before considering the installation of lights.