The famous WACA stadium at Perth has been dropped as a Test match venue for India’s tour of Australia next year, the Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday.
India, who will tour during the 2014-15 summer, will play four Tests in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. It will be the first time since 1976-77 season that the WACA has not hosted a Test during an Australian summer. Perth will host additional one-day internationals during the summer.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the WACA’s capacity and facilities were factors in the decision to axe Perth from the Test schedule.
“Though a traditional Test match venue, WACA has the smallest capacity and has historically attracted lower attendances,” he said.