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Yorkshire’s plans for a new pavilion as part of their multi-million-pound re-development of Headingley Carnegie have been submitted for approval.

Yorkshire hope the Carnegie Pavilion will help to ensure they remain a major international cricket venue for the foreseeable future.

The pavilion is to be sited at the Kirkstall Lane end, meaning Test and county cricketers would no longer have to share the same changing facilities used by rugby players underneath the stand which serves the adjoining grounds.

“In 2005, with the help of Leeds City Council the club purchased the freehold of the famous ground and in so doing went a long way towards protecting a 15-year staging agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board to host international cricket in Yorkshire,” a club statement said.

“However, the job is still not complete - because there is a need to invest in the ground before 2019 to improve player, broadcaster and spectator facilities as well as growing the capacity to over 20,000.

“Although intensely proud of its pedigree, the club does not under-estimate the challenges that lie ahead and the increasing competition from other venues across the country to stage international cricket.

“While the club has and will continue to have an excellent relationship with its rugby-playing neighbours, there is an acceptance that separate changing rooms and amenities are now essential - and these will form part of the new Carnegie Pavilion.”

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves added: “This is an exciting time for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and our planning application is the culmination of several years of hard work by the board and staff here at the club.”

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