Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Durham's Riverside stadium granted Test status
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 17:13 [IST]
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London: Durham can now look forward to hosting a number of visiting foreign sides after the county's Riverside stadium was granted Test status as of 2003.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The England and Wales Cricket Board agreed late on Tuesday that the ground at Chester-le-Street should be included in the stadia to be allocated Test matches, which commence in 2003.The Riverside could host its first Test match as early as May that year against Zimbabwe."I am delighted for Durham. This is recognition of the very forward-looking and progressive way in which the county has developed since achieving first-class status only 10 years ago," ECB chief executive Tim Lamb said."Chester-le-Street will be a magnificent setting for Test match cricket and will further help to galvanise the enormous enthusiasm for cricket that exists in the North East of England."Durham chairman Bill Midgley added, "This is an historic day for Durham, a step forward for cricket and good news for the North East region. Everyone at Durham County Cricket Club has worked very hard to justify our selection as a potential Test match venue and we all look forward to staging our first Test match, hopefully featuring at least one Durham player, supported by a full house of North East sports fans."
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