Historic WACA bids goodbye as Perth Stadium takes over international cricket games

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first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) has given its approval to the Perth Stadium and with that the historic WACA ground takes the backseat.The newly-built Perth Stadium has got the go-ahead to host all international formats and will soon be taking over the hosting duties from WACA, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.Perth Stadium will host its first match on January 28, which will be the fifth One-Day International between Australia and England.The 50,000 seater will also host games from the Big Bash League (BBL), Australian rules football and socccer.ALSO WATCH”The stadium is a magnificent asset for the state of WA and its sports fan,” said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.”We very much look forward to bringing this big Australia-England one-day match to Perth to the Stadium on 28 January.”The ICC match referee Richie Richardson inspected the stadium and said that it was “world class.””The new Perth Stadium is a wonderful, refreshing, world class stadium, and I have no hesitation in recommending that the venue is approved for staging all three formats of international cricket,” he added.After Australia’s crushing 4-0 Ashes Test series victory over England, the fans in Perth will witness the fifth and final ODI between the two teams on the new venue.The ODI series between the sides is set to begin on January 14.England captain Joe Root, who fell ill during the fifth and final Ashes Test, is expected to be fit for the first ODI in Melbourne.Root was taken to the hospital to recieve treatment for gastroenteritis during the fifth Test but since then has made ready progress to return to training on Wednesday.advertisementHe has been asked to take some rest and skip this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the home Test series against India and Pakistan by England coach Trevor Bayliss.The WACA, which has hosted cricket matches since the early 1890s, will be turned into a boutique ground with a capacity of 10,000-15,000 by the local board.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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