Australia`s WACA ground may cease to be Test venue by 2018: Report

Australia's WACA stadium

Sydney, Nov 13: Australia’s iconic Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) stadium that launched the brilliant career of fast bowling icon Dennis Lillee would continue to be the sport’s spiritual home in the west, but it might not be a Test match venue by 2018 when the new Perth stadium is ready.

According to News.com.au report, the stadium would continue to be the sport’s spiritual home in the west but all big-ticket cricket events like Ashes Test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 blockbusters would be moved to the Perth Stadium.

The website reported that 60,000-seat multipurpose venue would be fully operational for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Despite the impact Perth Stadium would have on its cricket content, the WACA is not at odds with the government-funded venue, and is actually a consultant for ensuring the world-class facility properly meets cricket’s requirements, said the website report.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron said that all forms of cricket have been catered for as part of the Stadium design.

A committee would hand down recommendations on the future of cricket in WA before Christmas, however the future is somewhat bleak for the WACA.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews reportedly said that what they would be looking at with the committee is whether it’s financially viable to play at the new stadium or not and what the role would be going forward for the WACA.

Matthews said they are not talking about competing, and added that they are obviously aware that their stadium is the smallest in the country.

The website quoted him as saying that their view is that the WACA ground would always continue to exist, the question is what content it has.

(With Agency Inputs)

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