ICC approves Perth stadium to host all International formats
Perth Stadium is set to take over hosting duties from the historic WACA ground after the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the newly-built venue to host all international formats, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.
The 50,000-seater stadium will now become the main venue for cricket in Western Australia, and the fifth one-day international between Australia and England on January 28 will be the first major sporting event held at the ground.
Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland in the press conference: “The stadium is a magnificent asset for the state of WA and its sports fan. We very much look forward to bringing this big Australia-England one-day match to Perth to the Stadium on 28 January.”
ICC match referee Richie Richardson said the stadium was “world class” after an inspection. He said: “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.”
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.