The thought that Lancashire could leave Old Trafford for a new home is a chilling one, but it seems a possibility. If they do, it will be a massive disappointment to many county supporters and even some from outside the boundaries.
But the club is in debt to the tune of £6million and similar problems
elsewhere has seen other clubs move to new premises. Old Trafford needs constant renovation and at least three new stands will be necessary soon so that's going to cost more and more.
A move would give the club the chance to clear its debts, get money in the bank and move onwards and upwards. If all these things are possible and granted it could be a fantastic opportunity for Lancashire to get ahead of the game again. And yet I feel a personal sadness at the thought that cricket may not be played at Old Trafford in the not too distant future. I have so many wonderful memories of the place that it would be a great loss.
All the famous games, the history of the ground and its pavilion. They are part of cricket's folklore all round the world and they won't be moving if the club does. Whatever decision is taken will not be taken lightly and the members will eventually vote. The majority of them will be at least 50 years old and they too will have their fond memories of Old Trafford. I am sure they will take some persuading to quit although many will see it as a chance to clear their debts and have some left over.
At least Lancashire will have time to prepare a new wicket for it to be ready so that Manchester does not lose any international cricket. Tracks at new stadia such as the Rosebowl and Chester-le-Street have not bedded in quickly, but in Peter Marron we have the best groundsman in the country and he's had bags of experience of preparing new wickets.
I must be honest and say that at the moment, I just can't see anywhere to sit but the fence. My heart is at Old Trafford where I played all my cricket and had some awesome days there, but I can see the business and commercial sense in going to a new ground. It's certainly a decision I'm glad I don't have to make on my own.