VIDEO: Arthur plots solid Test future for Headingley

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YORKSHIRE Cricket Club chief executive Mark Arthur says the club is making steady progress as it plans to make Headingley “fit for purpose” in terms of becoming a go-to international cricket venue.

Although the club is not staging one of next year’s Ashes Test matches, Yorkshire are guaranteed international cricket until 2019 when the next round of staging agreements is due to come in.

CEO of Yorkshire Cricket Club Mark Arthur. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

CEO of Yorkshire Cricket Club Mark Arthur. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

But Arthur said competition to stage prestigious England games will only become fiercer with more venues than available matches a situation that is unlikely to change.

“Staging international cricket at Headingley is absolutely fundamental,” said Arthur ahead of the opening weekend of the County Championship season for Yorkshire.

“We are guaranteed international cricket now until 2019 and through the next four or five years we’ve really got to establish ourselves as an international venue.

“There is is huge competition now with nine grounds including ourselves to stage (international) cricket in the future and it is likely in the future that there will only be seven Test matches.

“Nine venues all wanting to stage a Test match with two being played at Lord’s just doesn’t compute, so we’ve got to make sure that Headingley is fit for purpose by the time the current staging agreement is over.”