They may be top of the County Championship, but Durham Cricket Club has international ambition, as cricket writer GARY FOSTER found out.
Durham may be leading this season’s County Championship, but the men from the Emirates International Cricket Ground (ICG) also aim to be a force at a higher level.
The former first-class whipping boys have become one of the domestic scene’s big hitters in recent years, winning two Championship titles and a Friends Provident trophy.
Now they aim to show they can compete with the big boys when it comes to the international forum.
In the past, there has been a feeling among some people that Durham was being overlooked when it came to the big England matches.
However, chief executive David Harker, pictured right, feels September’s one-day international against India and huge Tests against Australia and New Zealand in the next few years proves that they are starting to win the recognition they deserve.
“We hope we are now getting a fair crack of the whip when it comes to hosting international matches,” he said.
“We are delighted we have been selected to host an Ashes Test in 2013 and a Test against New Zealand in 2016.
“I don’t think we have always been given our fair share of international games in the past, but hopefully that has changed.”
Read Gary Foster’s feature in full in today’s Echo.