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The future of the WACA in Perth will be decided by a special committee, which will be led by businessman Michael Smith.
The committee’s report will be completed by December and will include recommendations on redevelopment, infrastructure and funding options.
The WACA’s future has been uncertain ever since a major redevelopment plan was scrapped in December 2013.
The ground will not hold a Test match this summer for the first time in 40 years as they need to find a way to upgrade their facilities so that it meets the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) requirements.
“During the past two years we have invested significant funds in facilities at the WACA Ground, but clearly we need to consider options that meet the current and future expectations of spectators and make watching cricket more enjoyable,” WACA chairman Sam Gannon said. “The new Perth Stadium at Burswood will bring new options for sports such as cricket and football in this State, and how these will fit with existing facilities such as the WACA and Patersons Stadium will be important considerations.
“At this stage the WACA Board remains committed to the WACA Ground continuing to be the home of cricket in Western Australia. The WACA will continue to work to grow cricket in WA and develop facilities that meet the needs of WA fans, teams, grass-roots participants and staff.”