Yorkshire in aim to have top stadium
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.”