Mark Arthur says 2019 will showcase Emerald Headingley’s return to being amongst the best grounds in world cricket.
The impressive new Emerald Stand is on course for completion on the eve of the one-day World Cup, which sees the venue host four matches, including England v Sri Lanka on June 21.
It has been brought more into focus with the release of the full summer schedule this week, including Yorkshire’s county fixtures, with chief executive Arthur saying: “2019 will be a very special year.
“The new stand is looking fabulous, absolutely magnificent.
“We are starting to put the seats in the middle tier in the next week or so.
“It’s all on course for completion in the middle of May.
“The Emerald Suites are going to be just awesome. Also, the changing face of the old pavilion, which provides a link between the old and the new.
“We’re back at the top table of international cricket grounds now.”
Jonny Bairstow has signed on with Kerala Kings for the remainder of the ongoing T10 League in Sharjah.
The Yorkshire ace linked up with his new team-mates having flown to the Middle East from Colombo, where he helped England win the final Test against Sri Lanka at the start of the week.
Bairstow’s trip to play for the reigning champions will be brief. He made his debut yesterday, scoring two not out in a defeat, and will play in their final group game today.
The final of the competition which has also involved Adam Lyth and David Willey is on Sunday.
Bairstow’s team-mates include Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran and Chris Gayle.
The England and Wales Cricket Board have reduced their qualification period to play for England from seven years to three, falling in line with ICC regulations.
Previously, a player such as Yorkshire’s new South African-born signing Mat Pillans would have to wait seven years from the date he entered the UK before he could represent the Three Lions.
Fast bowler Pillans signed for Surrey in March 2016, so would have been eligible only in early 2023.
Now, the 27-year-old should be available for his adopted country next year.
The ECB board has also approved the playing conditions for their new Hundred competition, starting next summer.
Emerald Headingley will play host to one of the new teams.
Each game will be 100 balls per side with a change of ends every 10 balls.
An individual bowler can bowl five or 10 consecutive deliveries with a maximum of 20 per game.
BBC London’s Surrey CCC commentator Mark Church is close to completing a charity 1,000-mile run between Lord’s and the Oval.
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Mark’s father died of Pancreatic Cancer in May 2017, and he wanted to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.
Starting on October 8, he would run four times a day between his father’s two favourite grounds, running 20 miles a day across 50 days.
He completes his ‘200 runs’ challenge on Tuesday and has so far raised close to £27,000.
During the summer, he was part of the commentary team which delivered the historic live streaming of Yorkshire’s County Championship match against Surrey at Scarborough.