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WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews said her organization would lose up to $ 5million after Perth had fifth test taken out of the ashes, but she hopes Cricket Australia will help soften the blow with compensation financial.

The Optus Stadium will no longer host the fifth Ashes Test and the race is now on to see which city wins the match.

Matthews says losing the test was a big financial blow to WA Cricket and she will be asking CA for compensation.

“We’re talking about (a loss of) between three and five million dollars, which is all costs to our members,” Matthews said.

“We still get our grant from Cricket Australia for international cricket, but our business model is membership based.

“If there is a financial benefit to assigning this fifth test to a particular state, we would expect to receive some of that financial benefit to make up for what we have lost.

“I hope we get 50 percent back.”

Matthews said the size of the broadcast team has proven to be the biggest stumbling block in hosting an Ashes Test in Perth this summer.

“And not just the Fox and Seven broadcasters – there’s also Hawkeye, there’s Spidercam and there’s DRS which has just a certain group of specialists following it across the country,” Matthews said.

“They can’t get here earlier than the players. When they come to do their jobs, they have to get in and out of public spaces.

“So there are things that cannot be kept out of the public eye that weren’t fully known until about 10 days ago.

“I don’t think we dropped the ball but maybe we needed to dig a little deeper into the things Cricket Australia needs to tell the government.

“I’m really cranky that this is the second year in a row that we’ve failed a test, but there’s really no one to blame, which makes it really tough. These are just circumstances.”

Perth is expected to host a day trip between Australia and New Zealand on January 30.

Even if the WA border doesn’t open until before, Matthews is still hopeful the match will go as the requirements are far lower than a test match.

But the Perth Scorchers’ hopes of hosting a BBL block of games at Optus Stadium appear slim.

The Scorchers open their home season against the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday and are then due to host the Hobart Hurricanes on December 20.

But a December 22 game in Melbourne against the Renegades could turn the Scorchers too “dirty” a team to play more matches in Perth beyond that.

WA Cricket will bring forward a proposal asking that all Scorchers games in COVID-ravaged Melbourne be moved elsewhere.

Australian Associated Press

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