'India Test-dropped' WACA may share Oz cricket, football games in coming decade

Sydney, Sept 15 : Western Australia's famous WACA Ground may reportedly be shared by the state's major cricket and football administrations in the coming decade.

The news came on the heels of the report that WACA was axed from the 2014 Test circuit of India ahead of Australia co-hosting the 2015 limited-overs World Cup.

According to, Test matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20 Big Bash games may probably be switched to Western Australia's new sports stadium at Burswood later this decade.

Confirming that cricket is open to talks with football officials and the two sports could co-exist at the ground, WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said that they now need to think strategically about where the WACA fits in WA and where cricket would best be played given the position they are in now.

The report also said that the WACA would be retained as the traditional home of cricket as well as WA football management and be used for all minor Australian Football League (AFL) requirements such as training for visiting interstate teams as well as a weekly WAFL match-of-the-day.

Stating that they would look 'silly and negligent' if they do not look for a bigger capacity for cricket to be played when the new stadium is built, Matthews also said that cricket fans deserve new better facilities.

However, Matthews mentioned that any redevelopment of the WACA would ensure that Sheffield Shield, interstate one-day games and lesser appealing internationals would be played at the State's traditional home of cricket as the new stadium will not be able to capable of staging all of the required cricket matches in the summer.

--ANI (Posted on 15-09-2013)

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