WACA Ground no more to host major international matches

first_imgThe WACA cricket ground will no longer be hosting international matches featuring big teams like England, India or South Africa from 2018-19. As per a new plan announced by the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), the WACA Ground will now feature only smaller nations that draw less match attendance.However, the big matches featuring top teams will now be moving to the new Perth Sadium. The WACA Ground will be hosting Sheffield Shield Cricket and other domestic league games, but the Big Bash League will shift to new Perth Stadiun, which is expected to be completed by early 2018.Going by the proposed timeline, 2017-18 may be the last time an Ashes Test will be held at the WACA. In 1970, the WACA first hosted a Test match and at this venue Australia have won 24 of 41 Tests. The WACA is known for its pace and bounce off the wicket and Cricket Australia is trying to replicate the same bounce at the new stadium.It is believed that former fast bowler of Australia Dennis Lillee quit his role as president of WACA because he wanted major international matches to stay at the WACA Ground. Unlike the other stadiums in Australia, the WACA doesn’t host any other sport other than cricket and so financially is wasn’t a viable option. Moreover, the stadium is undergoing renovation of its facilities and so was not chosen as a venue when India toured Australia.Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the new structure for cricket in Western Australia had the support of CA.advertisement”The strategy for Australian cricket is all about putting fans first and that’s exactly what this move will do,” Sutherland said. “It will provide cricket with world-class facilities for patrons and players and further strengthen our position as Australia’s favourite sport.”last_img read more