Filed: Friday, 20th January 2017
By: Staff Writer
The Olympic Stadium could be one of the venues used to stage cricket matches at the forthcoming 2019 World Cup, it has been revealed.
And that is because it is one of the few football grounds considered to have a large enough playing surface to host the nation's summer sport.
Should the OS be chosen as one of the 2019 venues, it would provide the largest capacity by some margin, with its closest rival like to be Lord's, which can cater for approximately 30,000 fans - around half that of the OS.
However any cricket played at the venue would necessitate the overlaying of turf on the running track to produce a circular playing surface - and the installation of a pitch (or) two at the ground's centre.
The ten-team tournament (reduced from 14 in 2011 and 2015) is scheduled to take place between 30 May and 15 July 2019 and is being staged in the UK for the fifth time, following previous tournaments in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.
Essex County Cricket Club had previously expressed an interest in playing occasional 20/20 fixtures ta the ground, although those plans have never come to fruition.
The current seating configuration at the Olympic Stadium takes in the region of three weeks to either dismantle or reassemble.
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