Cricket Ireland has announced that plans are to commence for a permanent international cricket ground for Malahide. The announcement comes days after Irish cricket has been awarded test status. Malahide Cricket Club has successfully been host to international cricket matches over the last number of years, a plan that was met with some trepidation initially. Now, with Irish cricket having test status, Cricket Ireland’s plans are now pushing ahead to upgrade and improve cricket services in Ireland.
Among those services needing attention is Malahide Cricket Club’s temporary international ground, which has been host to several matches, but is less than ideal at the moment. The facilities at Malahide aren’t up to international standard with temporary infrastructure, including porta cabin changing rooms, installed for every match.
CEO of Cricket Ireland Warren Deutrom told the County Leader, “It will cost us at least €6 million euro to build ICC-compliant permanent infrastructure in Malahide alone; and another million to take our facilities at the Sports Campus to the next stage. So yes, another mountain to climb – and one that will require more than just Cricket Ireland money to realise.”
Ian Talbot, project manager at Malahide Cricket Club, told the County Leader, “Following on from the agreed cricket ground extension in 2010, a more permanent structure was always in the pipeline for Malahide, based on Ireland achieving test status, which we have now done. Malahide already has one of the best cricket grounds in the world at the moment and everybody here is on board for these new plans for the club. Overall, with a more permanent structure, we feel it will decrease the amount of disruption for the area and the club, as currently we are assembling and disassembling structures for the international matches,” he concluded.
Now that test status has been achieved for Ireland, Cricket Ireland and the County Council are pushing ahead with plans for the new structure to host international matches.