Warwickshire will tonight unveil their plans for the redevelopment of Edgbaston and their new pavilion.
The club’s chief executive, Colin Povey, will use the annual meeting to outline extensive building plans that are designed to ensure Edgbaston’s viability as a Test venue long into the future.
Povey would appear to have some work to do before convincing all the members of his value, but tonight’s presentation may convince many of the sceptics that Warwickshire are moving in the right direction under his stewardship.
Also at the meeting, Tim Fell, a member since 1968, will again raise the issue of alcohol at international matches, while other members have promised to express their concerns about the increased cost of parking.
Fell is disappointed that the International Cricket Council has banned everyone — including members — from bringing any alcohol into the ground at international games. This is supposedly due to ‘health and safety’ concerns; the somewhat absurd and insulting inference being that members could become intoxicated and start throwing bottles and glasses.
Fell makes the case that if the ICC are really committed to such stringent safety concerns, they would ban the sale of alcohol in the ground as well.
He will point out that Lord’s successfully applied for such an exemption to the rule and will repeat his request for Warwickshire to apply for an exemption on behalf of its members.
It is also worth noting that after a similar discussion at last year’s annual meeting, Dennis Amiss, the outgoing CEO, did reassure members that the issue would be reviewed. Fell is interested to know the outcome of such a process.
Mike Williams, known to many as chairman of the Midland branch of The Cricket Society, will be elected unopposed as a new committee member in place of John Stubbings.