ORANGE District Cricket Association secretary Pete Jarick believes it won’t matter whether rugby league moves on or stays at Wade Park, the outdated facilities at the ground will continue to hold the summer code back.
Jarick said the ODCA would be keen to look at hosting Ryobi Cup matches or Sheffield Shield games at Wade Park in the future.
However, the outdated facilities at the ground will cause both Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia to baulk.
“You’ve only got to look, the writing is on the wall,” the long-time ODCA secretary said.
“They’re moving a One Day International to Canberra, the domestic one-dayers are being moved to suburban grounds. They’re moving away from the SCG and major grounds whether it be through cost or Twenty20.
“The chance is there, but we’ll be let down by the facilities.”
Those facilities are slowly on the improve for cricket.
Currently, the ODCA is in the process of having sight screens built for the city’s number one cricket oval.
An indoor training facility has also had its development application approved.
A white picket fence was promised as part of the ground’s upgrade in 2011, but as the cost of the development blew out the finishing touches that would have made Wade Park one of the premier grounds in Country NSW also went out the window.
A new cricket-friendly electronic scoreboard was also put back in the management plan and as yet hasn’t been erected.
“At the end of the day whether league goes or stays we’re still in the same position we are now,” Jarick said.
“Everything inside the fence is A1, but we’re being let down by what’s outside the fence.”
Cricket NSW general manager of game development Cameron French said the game was focused on getting more high level content out to the bush but doing so would hinge on a stadium strategy.
“There’s a range of strategies currently in place to take more high level cricket out to regional NSW,” French said.
“We’d love to start by activating our BBL (Big Bash League) teams throughout regions with community camp style activities. And if by doing that the opportunity arises for higher quality games to be taken to country areas, then potentially we’d look at it.”