Lord’s ground to undergo radical redevelopment
Cricket's most celebrated and historic venue, Lord's, which is home to the Middlesex County and the England and Wales Cricket Board, is set to undergo a major revamp, reports HT Correspondent.cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2009 23:59 IST
Cricket's most celebrated and historic venue, Lord's, which is home to the Middlesex County and the England and Wales Cricket Board, is set to undergo a major revamp.
The buzz over changes at cricket's bastion of tradition have swept through England over the last two days, so much so that officials at Lord's were forced to issue a clarification, at least to the extent that the name of the ground and its famous stands would not be changed.
Funds to the tune of £400 million (Rs 3110 cr approx) are being raised in order to make the ambitious redevelopment possible.
Improvements will include an increase in capacity to almost 37000 and an underground facility with artificial wickets at an underground complex.
"It will be unique," John Stephenson, head of cricket at Middlesex, was quoted as saying by The Times, London. "Indoor surfaces can be adapted to whatever you want these days. The idea would be to have specialist coaches installed and I would hope that England players will use the academy."
These plans, the most major redevelopment in the club's 195-year history, have been put before the 18000-strong membership and are awaiting a resolution that will help take the project forward.