It is feared that Headingley cricket ground could lose Test matches and one-day internationals as their facilities begin to appear increasingly dull compared to other cricket grounds that are raising their game in an effort to host international cricket.
The club has an agreement with the England and Wales cricket board that guarantees international cricket at Headingley until 2019, but after that, nothing is certain. The impact to the local economy of losing international cricket has not yet been calculated, but would doubtlessly be significant.
Having been around for 125 years, no one wants to see Headingley fall off the international cricket map. So plans have been drawn up by Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) to secure its future. A twenty-year project costing around £50m includes plans for a new state-of-the-art pavillion and a new stand to be shared with the adjoining rugby ground.
Colin Graves, chairman of YCCC, said, “Our ambitions are clear. We want to create a stadium that is amongst the finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term.”
The first phase of this sprawling plan – the construction of floodlights for £1.8m – was granted permission last week.
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