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Western Australia Cricket Association(WACA) Chief Christina Matthews has criticised Cricket Australia(CA) for not selecting Perth as one of the venues for the high-profile Test series against India in the summer. The four venues which would host the Test matches are Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
Disappointed with CA’s decision, WACA added that he could not understand why the board took such a decision. He was saddened to see Brisbane getting a Test match over Perth though Perth has better facilities than Brisbane in every way.
The India series would begin in Brisbane from December 3, followed by games in Adelaide (December 11-15), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).
WACA Chief voice against CA
“The government invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to make Perth Stadium cricket friendly from the start, so all the facilities for cricket were built into that, and at the time Cricket Australia gave a guarantee to the government that they would absolutely be utilising that stadium to its fullest,” Matthews said.
“I just want to say as chair of the WACA and on behalf of the WACA and all cricket lovers in WA, I’m really disappointed in this decision. I actually think it’s the wrong decision, we made a really compelling case, along with the government to CA, I looked at that again this morning, and when I went through it, I just can’t understand why they’d make that decision,” he added.
Perth will be hosting the low profile one-off Test against Afghanistan in November. Last year, Australia had won the Test match against India by 146 runs and level the series by 1-1 in Perth. This year, India would tour Australia in October to play three-match T20I series and then Test series in December. In January 2022, the two teams will play the ODI series.