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Re: Paul Allott

August 2 2017, 11:56 AM 

In Test Cricket as in all other aspects of promoting the game, economics will be the priority.

Sadly, Headingley and Trent Bridge are the smallest of the Test venues and might struggle in any allocation against Edgbaston and Old Trafford, who have capacities well in excess of 20,000, and are in bigger regional centres.
Trent Bridge may cope better than Headingley because of the prestige it has acquired for itself in recent years.

Lords and The Oval generate even more income because of their size and the proximity of their huge and more prosperous catchment.

In a six tests a year rota (which doesn't trouble me, incidentally) Headingley, of all the established grounds, is the most disadvantaged.
The future isn't particularly rosy in that regard. Yorkshire may well have to live off one-day scraps, most years. Even more reason to work hard at generating a big home following for the County programme and, perhaps, consider more corporate and entertainment ventures. (Eugh.)

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Re: Paul Allott

August 2 2017, 12:13 PM 

Ah right thanks YorkieTyke

Pity, I enjoyed watching The Verdict and Bob coming in off his long run!

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Re: Paul Allott

August 2 2017, 12:18 PM 

Agree that Headingley is a smaller ground, but in terms of catchment, I doubt that there is much to choose between the North West and the North/North East particularly given that Durham is not going to feature as an international ground any time soon.

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Re: Paul Alott

August 2 2017, 7:23 PM 

If Chester-le-Street remains off the international rota for the foreseeable future Headingley would be the most northerly international venue in England. Before CLS got international status internationals at Leeds always attracted spectators from the north east - this would likely start again. If the amount of revenue generated at a venue is no longer the main criteria for allocating matches then this would be a plus point for Headingley together with with its history and memorable matches staged (provided it increases its capacity somewhat and the facilities and pitches remain up to standard).

Geoff B
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Hard sell

August 2 2017, 8:43 PM 

I think selling out a Test match at Headingley, even for the first 3 days is extremely difficult, unless the opposition is Australia or perhaps India.

England have just signed a bumper TV deal and they should use some of that money to subsidise ticket prices and make it more attractive to those who don't have money to burn.

This is especially important if a ground ends up with one of a 2 match series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe or Ireland.

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