WORCESTERSHIRE CEO Ashley Giles admits that there is a real possibility that the county may have to leave New Road.

Giles, in an interview with The Times, shared his concern regarding the constant flooding and said that the county may have to think about finding a new home in the future.

"I have to be open to everything," he said in an interview with The Times. "We clearly want to stay here; this is the spiritual home of Worcestershire and in the summer it’s just gorgeous.

"With the view of the cathedral, it's one of the most iconic venues in the world, but the situation is just getting worse and worse.

"There have been more high floods in the last 24 years than there were in the previous hundred. The biggest issue is whatever we do with the ground to develop it and improve it, is what is happening in the middle."

This week (February 12), New Road flooded for the fourth time this winter and the damage that is having on the facilities is taking its toll as the water is not clean and leaves behind chemicals and silt.

"Even if we develop the most beautiful ground, the bit in the middle might just not be usable," added Giles.

Worcestershire are not due to play a home game until round three of the LV=Insurance County Championship season on April 19, which was arranged to give New Road the longest amount of time to recover before the season begins.

The Pears are back in County Championship Division One for 2024 after last season's promotion from Division Two and play Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire before that first home game with Durham.

But Giles admits that fixture is "already looking in jeopardy" and there is a possibility Worcestershire may have to fork out to move games to Kidderminster CC's Chester Road stadium should there be more flooding.

The Worcestershire CEO did confirm that any decision on New Road will be down to the members but urges them to be open to the possibility that staying there "might not be sustainable in the long term".