This week’s Old Trafford Test was the last there until at least 2012. Putting aside our irritation that we can’t see Test cricket at our local ground, we can see that it’s increasingly shabby and that Lancashire have been complacent about their ‘right’ to hold Tests.
Only that’s not necessarily the reason. According to Lancashire’s chief executive, Jim Cumbes, the criteria through which grounds are selected to host Tests are heavily weighted towards financial returns. This isn’t good for spectators.
The various potential Test match venues bid against each other and the more they bid, the more they need to recoup. We’re no economist, but the ‘how much could I get for a kidney’ ticket and beer prices might well be a result of this.
Old Trafford still needs a lick of paint though.