York­shire in aim to have top sta­dium

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Mar­shall

YORK­SHIRE chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Arthur wants Head­in­g­ley to sit “at the top ta­ble of in­ter­na­tional cricket in this coun­try”.

Arthur be­lieves that Head­in­g­ley again showed what a thrilling venue it can be fol­low­ing the re­cent Test be­tween Eng­land and the West Indies – and that is be­fore the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment at the ground.

He said: “Our de­sire is to be one of the top four in­ter­na­tional cricket grounds in Eng­land.

“We are out­side the top four at this mo­ment in time, and we won’t be in­side it, how­ever well we op­er­ate, un­til our new main stand is ready in 2019.

“The two in­gre­di­ents that we’re miss­ing at the mo­ment are the new main stand and the al­lo­ca­tion of a reg­u­lar sum­mer Test match.

“Hope­fully, as a re­sult of last week, Head­in­g­ley will once again be in­vited to the top ta­ble of in­ter­na­tional cricket in this coun­try, and the ground will go from strength to strength.

“We will find out in Fe­bru­ary who will be al­lo­cated in­ter­na­tional matches from the years 2020 to 2023, and last week’s match can only help our cause.

“We priced the game sen­si­bly, we mar­keted it well, and in re­cent times we’ve im­proved ac­cess to the ground and we’ve im­proved the en­vi­ron­ment within the ground.

“Ticket sales were £200,000 up on last year’s Test, and it’s a place where you al­ways seem to get ex­cit­ing cricket.

“We’ve got a mag­nif­i­cent team here at Head­in­g­ley, who are all to­tally mo­ti­vated and who buy into the vi­sion of Head­in­g­ley go­ing for­ward.

“We’ve just had a sum­mer Test at long last, which is very im­por­tant. In the north of the coun­try, the Tests should take place in the last week of July and dur­ing Au­gust, when the weather is tra­di­tion­ally much bet­ter.

“We shouldn’t have to en­dure a late May or June Test match in this part of the coun­try, as it’s un­fair on the peo­ple that live in this area. I’m not just talk­ing about Head­in­g­ley, but Old Traf­ford as well.”

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