County news May 8, 2009

Warwickshire warn about Edgbaston future

George Dobell at Edgbaston

Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey has warned that the club could leave Edgbaston if they do not secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the ground.

Birmingham City Council have so far declined the club's application, but meet next week to discuss it once again. The club insist that the development is necessary if the ground is to remain capable of hosting international cricket.

"Without international cricket we can't afford to run what we have got, never mind what we hope to build," Povey said. "You would be into heavy losses and a completely untenable position for Warwickshire to be remaining at Edgbaston as we currently know it.

"You would either have to scale back the facilities or look to relocate somewhere else. We would be down the plug hole. That's the stark reality."