Final Lancashire ground move decision soon
Jim Cumbes, the chief executive, said: "I can't see it dragging on much longer. We will definitely have made a decision by mid or late summer." After the initial excitement created by the idea, the chances of the move going ahead have rapidly diminished. It would have seen Lancashire join Manchester City at the Sportcity complex, used for the Commonwealth Games.
The current location of the club, just half a mile away from Manchester United, has its advantages. The Metrolink tram stops just outside the ground, and the association with a famous football club has boosted the club's finances, especially during the winter months, with hospitality and the Old Trafford Lodge being particularly successful.
Recent work at Old Trafford has also suggested that the prospect of a move is disappearing. Another stand as been demolished, temporary seating will take the capacity to 22,000 for the Ashes Test, and the likely decision will be to plough more money into the current ground.