Cricket Victoria’s long-running bid to fix a $5 million funding shortfall in the Junction Oval redevelopment project has ended successfully, although CA is tight-lipped on the roles played by the AFL and the Melbourne Cricket Club in the process.
Victoria’s State Governnment has provided $25 million and Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia have chipped in $10 million in total for the $40 million project which aims to have the oval ready to host first-class cricket in the 2017/18 season.
This would end the bizarre scenes of last summer where Victoria was forced to host Sheffield Shield matches interstate, including the final in Hobart, because it did not have a first-class venue apart from the MCG which was hosting World Cup matches.
The AFL wants to host football matches in March although Cricket Australia has been entitled to have control of the ground until April 1 each year.
“We have been in good faith discussions with the AFL and the MCC to reach a longer-term solution on ground access that works for all parties, and most importantly Victorian sports fans,” a Cricket Victoria spokesman told the Herald Sun today.
“We’re pleased that the long-term solution has now been reached, allowing cricket to move to a purpose-built facility at the Junction Oval and the AFL to have earlier access to the MCG each year.”
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