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Cricket Scotland have announced that they will be moving their entire base of operations from Edinburgh to Stirling after coming to an agreement with the city’s council.
The agreement includes a new pavilion and an indoor training facility, which will be built at New Williamfield.
It was also announced that New Williamfield will undergo a major redevelopment as a majority of Scotland’s matches will be played at the venue.
The venue is also set to host the 2015 World T20 qualifiers.
“This is an exciting year for cricket in Scotland, with the national team qualifying for the 2015 World Cup and more and more people participating in the sport every year,” Cricket Scotland chairman Keith Oliver said. “We very much look forward to moving into a new world-class centre for cricket in the heart of Scotland, with excellent facilities and an upgraded ground.
“The new facility, which will be of one-day international standard, will serve as the perfect training centre for Scotland’s players at all levels and international teams seeking a training base out of their own season. It will provide a world-class facility for players, members of the club, the local cricket community and visitors to watch matches at all levels and to truly engage with our increasingly popular sport.”
The new facility being built at New Williamfield is also set to become part of the planned Sports Village at Forthbank.
“We’re thrilled at the prospect of welcoming Cricket Scotland to Stirling and very much look forward to progressing this project with them,” councillor Corrie McChord, who is convenor of Stirling council’s community planning and regeneration committee, said. “As Scotland’s city for sport, Cricket Scotland couldn’t find a better home.”