And it is now set to undergo a £32m regeneration with the hope of bringing Test cricket back to the North West.
"I think it's exciting," Flintoff continued. "It dragged and dragged, and we would sooner be further down the line, but one of the things the club has realised is that the ground is tired, it needs redeveloping, and we're at that point now.
"To have over 19,000 at a ground which is under major redevelopment is an effort in itself, and the India one-day international later in the summer is a sell-out already which shows the enthusiasm for cricket in this area of the country.
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