Work on the most iconic phase of Lancashire County Cricket Club’s exciting redevelopment has now commenced.
The world famous Old Trafford square, which has played host to many of cricket’s greatest moments, such as Jim Laker’s 19 wickets for England against Australia in the 1956 Ashes test, will be rotated 90 degrees.
The primary reason for reorienting the square was to address the issue of the setting sun stopping play throughout September and to increase the amount of wickets by 5 to 16, which will greatly improve the prospects of international cricket being played at Old Trafford in the future.
For the 2011 season LV= County Championship games will be played at outgrounds in Liverpool, Blackpool and Southport, while domestic one-day matches will be played at Old Trafford.
Two England One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka and India will also be played on the new wickets, with the latter expected to be played under the brand new permanent floodlights.
Following the success of The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s stunning new conference and events facility, the turning of the wickets marks the second phase of the redevelopment, which finally got the go-ahead from the Government last week.
Next on the agenda will be the redevelopment of the pavilion, new stands, construction of a state-of-the-art media centre and players’ facilities, and an extension to the ground’s Cricket Centre and public areas.
LCCC Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said: “We are delighted that the Government has reaffirmed its original decision which has allowed us to press ahead with the work. The turning of our square is a historic moment for the Club and is emblematic of our plans to make Old Trafford one of the leading sporting venues in the world.
“We will have no more occurrences of ‘good light stopping play’ in September and we will also have a number of new pitches that will enhance our prospects of hosting international matches in the future.”