Debt-ridden Yorkshire have found themselves involved in further expenditure that is needed to put their new pavilion in order.
The huge Carnegie Pavilion, for which Leeds Metropolitan University provided two thirds of the £21m construction costs, has come in for criticism from various quarters.
Duncan Eccles, the club’s electronic scoreboard operator, resigned because he can’t see the board from his seat in the ground, a problem he claims to have raised “before a brick was laid”.
Johnny Dennis, the ECB’s matchday announcer, was so unhappy with his facilities that he refused to work in the new pavilion.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was reported to be unimpressed during last summer’s Test against Pakistan at Headingley, which took place just after the pavilion was opened in July. Some Yorkshire players are also known to consider the dressing room facilities inadequate.
Yorkshire are working with the ECB to put things right in time for the first match at Headingley, a County Championship game against Durham starting on April 14.
Gordon Hollins, the ECB’s managing director (county business), told the Yorkshire Post: “We are very comfortable where we are with Yorkshire. As with any new building, there have been one or two teething issues, but Yorkshire are working hard to put them right.”
Richard Kaye, Yorkshire’s sales director, said: “There have been a few operational issues. But it’s nothing different from what you would expect from any new development of this size. Everything will be sorted by the start of the season.
“We are improving the acccommodation for the players and we are responding as best we can to various observations made by matchday officials. We are taking on board the feedback that has come through from umpires and match referees.”
Yorkshire do not have full use of the pavilion, renting some of the rooms from Leeds Met, who use it as a teaching facility.