Perth - The International Cricket Council on Thursday
approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the
game, formally lowering the curtain on the city's venerable WACA Ground.
The new 60 000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day
international against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at
the state-of-the-art arena.
ICC match referee Richie Richardson submitted a gushing
report after inspecting the venue.
"This is by far the most impressive and well laid-out
stadium I have ever visited," he said.
"The comprehensive amenities, along with the quality
and functionality of the facility, surpasses the required standard to host any
international cricket match."
The West Indies great added that it was "a wonderful,
refreshing, world-class stadium, and I have no hesitation in recommending that
the venue is approved for staging all three formats of international
The WACA, a Test venue since 1970, was once touted as the
world's fastest pitch, making it the stuff of nightmares for many visiting
Last month, the WACA staged its 44th and final Test when
Australia beat England by an innings and 41 runs to reclaim the Ashes urn.