Ashley Giles says: Maybe Timing Right for Pears to Move:

Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s chief executive, Ashley Giles, has suggested that the club may need to leave their home ground, New Road, due to the severe flooding caused by the winter weather. The ground has been used for Championship cricket since 1899, except for the summer flood of 2007, which halted play. However, recent winters have seen an increase in flooding, leading to concerns about the future of the ground. Club officials have accepted that they will need to move sooner rather than later, and Giles has suggested that the club may need to consider outside investment to build a new venue with world-class facilities.

Pears still planning for 24 May return

Despite the ongoing concerns about the future of New Road, Worcestershire County Cricket Club is still planning to return to the ground for their match against Nottinghamshire on 24 May. The club is currently preparing for their record seventh return to the top flight of the County Championship, and has recently unveiled their latest signing, former West Indies captain Jason Holder. However, any extension to the timeline for returning to New Road would be “devastating” for the club, according to Giles. The recent floods have caused significant damage to the ground, and it is unclear how much work will need to be done to get it ready for play.

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Worcestershire’s season-opening schedule

Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s season opens on 5 April with a match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. The club’s first home match of the season is against Nottinghamshire on 24 May, which is also the date that they are planning to return to New Road. However, the recent floods have forced the club to play their first two home Championship games at Kidderminster, and it is unclear whether the ground would be able to accommodate a T20 game. The club will play their first T20 game against Yorkshire on 30 May at Headingley, and their first T20 home game against Lancashire on 31 May at New Road.

The full extent of the flooding issue

The recent floods have caused significant damage to New Road, and it is unclear how much work will need to be done to get the ground ready for play. Giles has suggested that the club may need to consider outside investment to build a new venue with world-class facilities, but this would require a significant amount of investment. The club has a good relationship with both the local councils, city and county, and would need to explore all options before making any decisions about the future of the ground.

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