Can't ever see it being the permanent home for any professional cricket side, but could be nice to host a few games perhaps?
JUBILEE Oval - the Kogarah base for NRL premiers St George Illawarra - could be a surprise venue in Cricket Australia's revamped Twenty20 competition should Sydney win a second franchise, Cricket NSW chief Dave Gilbert revealed yesterday. http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/fro ... 17hha.html
Gilbert said the Dragons, eager to take advantage of the riches on offer in the Twenty20 game, have made informal approaches to Cricket NSW over the past two years about hosting matches at Kogarah. The NSW government announced last month it would tip in a further $13 million in funding to develop the ground, enabling cricket to be played there, but Gilbert said the SCG was still the ''strong favourite'' if Cricket NSW won a second licence. Gilbert said there would ''definitely'' be a team based at ANZ Stadium.
''It's just now if we do get the second licence it's now a process of working out where that second team will play. There's some very, very strong candidates for that, but who knows - there might be other venues,'' he said. ''Kogarah Jubilee has got some possibilities. It can hold 20,000 people, it's got television-quality floodlighting, it's about the same size as North Sydney [Oval]. We've had the St George Illawarra football club approach us very informally over time about getting Twenty20 to Jubilee. We're open to all offers. They're serious because they've seen the value of Twenty20 cricket. It's nice to have options.''
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Gilbert said Newcastle and the ACT were contenders but ''clearly the Sydney market demands that it's going to make it very hard to play it anywhere else other than Sydney''.
''Logic says Sydney and Melbourne are probably the favourite,'' he said. ''If someone from another part of Australia can come up with a more convincing argument, then good luck to them. From what I understand, all the data that CA has done, surprise, surprise, shows Sydney and Melbourne are the markets that can sustain two teams.''
CA will decide next February where to base the seventh and eighth teams.
Meanwhile, Gilbert said Cricket NSW was two months away from finalising an arrangement with Indian interests over the private ownership of the new Sydney-based team.
Negotiations involving Cricket NSW, Cricket Victoria and the Indians are based on there being only two, and not four, franchises in Sydney and Melbourne. ''We're still very much at a confidential stage of negotiations, they are an Indian investor group and we're continuing with all the due diligence and all the details we're going to thrash out,'' he said.
''We've only been doing it on the basis of a team. We're not making any assumptions about a second team until we actually here those words uttered from CA's mouth.''
How private ownership will affect the final two teams is still unknown but they will be run separate to the other franchise based in the state.