WACA's international future in doubt

Australia

The construction of a new multi-sport stadium on the opposite side of the Swan river in Perth will put the WACA under pressure in terms of international matches in future, it has been confirmed.

The construction of a new multi-sport stadium on the opposite side of the Swan river in Perth will put the WACA under pressure in terms of international matches in future, it has been confirmed.

The WACA is the home of Western Australia's cricket but has not been financially stable for a while, and redevelopment plans to increase capacity and stature in the eyes of the ICC have been shelved this week.

The ground already lost Tests for next summer, having none scheduled as only four matches will be played Down Under, along with the World Cup later on. It's expected that Burswood Stadium, currently being built, will host Australia's games as of 2018.

Western Australia minister for sport and recreation Terry Waldron said: "The WACA is the home of cricket in Western Australia and will continue to be.

"The construction of this 60,000-seat stadium with the ability to play cricket here gives them flexibility to hold big matches here, the bigger Tests, one-day internationals, World Cup fixtures, Twenty20 competitions.

"This stadium will be world-class right from the start. It will be for the fans."

The plans for a residential complex at the WACA were put on ice this week, with chairman Sam Gannon explaining: "Despite strong sales up to November and a renewed marketing effort, we have been unable to achieve the pre-sales target required to achieve finance on acceptable terms in time to meet our commitments for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

"I would like to thank the board and advisors for their considered advice. We have given this development every opportunity but the final decision not to proceed is in the best long-term interest of members and stakeholders."

In cricketing terms, the WACA would not have been helped by the state of the pitch during the just-concluded third Ashes Test, where huge cracks (nearly a ball in width) ran down much of the deck.

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