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Despite makeover, SCG still not favourite to host 2015 WC final

Sydney, Sun, 02 Dec 2012 ANI

Sydney, Dec 02(ANI): The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will be the multibillion-dollar jewel in Sydney's sporting stadiums once its renovation work is completed, but despite makeover it will still be at long odds to beat the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), or even ANZ Stadium, for the right to host the final of the 2015 World Cup.

Cricket New South Wales (NSW) chief executive Dave Gilbert conceded if the organisation that appoints the games, the International Cricket Council (ICC), was solely motivated by attendance figures and gate revenue, then the SCG would come third in those parameters.

"It would be a great way to showcase the ground," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Gilbert, as saying of hosting the March 2015 final.

"The new stand will be only a year old. However, the capacity is capped at 48,000 until 2030 because of a deal the state government did with ANZ Stadium, and that obviously makes it difficult to compete with Melbourne," he added.

"The MCG holds 100,000, the SCG [will be] 48,000 and ANZ can take 82,000 ... it's going to be tough to secure the final for Sydney, but, at the same time, we are saying to the state government to try and get it," he said.

Gilber added: "Clearly we would love to stage the final here. I suppose [where the final is staged] boils down to ultimately what the ICC decide is the best fixture for the tournament."

"I would just like it in Sydney, whether it was the SCG or ANZ wouldn't bother me ... and what I think will determine that will be ground capacity and we can't compete with Melbourne on that score. That is obviously a decision for the ICC to make," he said.

The World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The games will be split 50-50, meaning the Kiwis will want to secure, at the very least, a semi-final. (ANI)

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