Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the venues for the four Test matches against India in the 2014-15 season. Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will host the four matches, while Perth missed out on a possible option.
Announcing the schedule, CA Chief Executive said the venues were decided considering the complex nature of the schedule, which comprises the ICC World Cup jointly organised by Australia and New Zealand.
"Unfortunately due to the unique nature of the schedule next season, with a World Cup year, there was going to be a couple of States disappointed about our Test match allocation," CA Chief Executive James Sutherland was quoted as saying.
Sudtherland said the WACA ground is smaller in capacity than any of the other four venues and will have to do significant improvements in future. "Though a traditional Test match venue with a proud history, the WACA ground has the smallest capacity of the five mainland Test venues and has historically attracted lower attendances. The WACA has been working hard to improve the facilities for its fans but it still requires significant improvements," Sutherland said.
The CA Chief Excutive, however, said that the missing of a Test match for Perth will be compensated by awarding them up to four limited-over matches in the same season. "Although the WACA has missed out on a Test match, they will play host to up to four limited over matches in the 2014-15 season that will see South Africa tour in a limited over series in November as well as India and England competing in a tri-series in January prior to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup," he added.
The Western Australian Cricket Association, on the other hand, expressed its extreme disappointment for losing out on a marquee Test match against India. "Whilst CA will provide additional limited-overs matches to replace the Test match, there is no compensation for losing a Test," WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said in a statement on the club's website.
"The ongoing effect this loss will have on the WACA and cricket in Western Australia will be devastating and we are extremely disappointed by the decision, not only for the Association, but for our Members and WA cricket supporters. We will continue talks with CA and will be seeking an understanding from them of all the elements behind the decision," Christina added.
India will tour Australia at the end of next year, playing four Test matches and a tris-series, involving the hosts and England. The tour could prove to be vital for India in the lead up to the World Cup. The long tour will give India enough time to prepare for the mega event that will begin in early 2015.