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    Economic uncertainty following Britains decision to leave the European Union has seen Wales bin plans to stage the 2026 Commonwealth Games, officials said. Adam Humphries Jersey .The countrys economy minister Ken Skates said the Welsh Government will not be bidding to host the international sporting event, which last came to Wales in 1958.Opposition parties in the Welsh Assembly panned the decision -- with the leader of the Welsh Conservatives calling the ruling Labour Party pathetic.However, Mr Skates insisted rising costs and the economic fallout from the the UKs decision to leave the EU meant a Wales bid was not financially viable.He said: A feasibility study ... sets out total projected costs for a Wales bid of between £1.32bn and £1.54bn.Such costs would involve a huge additional financial commitment from Welsh Government over three Assembly terms.Given the high cost and the current funding uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU, we have reluctantly concluded that the bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games is not feasible.Scotland was the last home nation to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 -- and an official report estimated the Glasgow-based event was worth £740 million to the economy.There have been been growing calls in recent times for Wales to put its name forward for the games, with Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson lending her support.Mr Skates said over the past four years the Welsh Government -- along with other sports bodies in Wales -- had undertaken in-depth work looking at whether a 2026 bid was viable.He added that despite the decision not to put Waless name into the hat, officials work had not been wasted.He said: It has highlighted the need for us to undertake a review of sports facilities in Wales with a view to increasing our spread of world class venues.Such venues would benefit the local community and the elite athlete, whilst also increasing our capacity to host major events.We have some big sporting events to look forward to, with the UEFA Champions League final being held in Cardiff next year and the Volvo Ocean Race coming to Wales in 2018.We will continue to work to attract further high profile sporting and cultural events to Wales.Commonwealth Games Wales, which had worked on the feasibility study, said it was disappointed by the decision.Chairwoman Helen Phillips said: A lot of hard work has gone into preparing what was a full and detailed review of feasibility which would have led to a compelling bid.Despite this decision, we hope that some of the planned benefits for the whole of Wales can still be achieved under an Active Wales vision and that the work that has been conducted will be used to inform a bid in future cycles.However, Ms Phillips said the organisation fully understood ministers reasons given the recent economic uncertainty.But Plaid Cymru -- the second largest party in the Welsh Assembly -- lambasted the Welsh Governments decision and added it was further proof of the Labour administrations lack of ambition.Shadow economy secretary Adam Price said: Rather than show resilience and send a clear message that Wales can weather the Brexit storm, the Labour Government seems to be resigning to the fact that the challenges facing our economy are insurmountable.If anything, the UKs decision to leave the European Union should be an incentive, not a deterrent, to taking bold steps to attract new investment to Wales.And Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies, who had also supported a bid, was also angry at the decision.He said: Its pathetic the Welsh Government is once again attempting to use Brexit as a smokescreen to disguise a lack of ambition and imagination.Having jumped on the bandwagon of Welsh sporting success over the summer the Welsh Labour Government is now abandoning the stage.Clearly a bid would have come at great cost, but over the extended period the economic, social and sporting benefits to Wales would have been huge.This is a sad day for Welsh sport. 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Losing the chance to meet touring sides in Brisbane for the first Test of the season would equate to handing over a major competitive advantage.Australian Test teams and the Gabba have always seemed to go hand in hand, like England and seam or India and spin. There is the bounce on offer, and the lateral movement when overhead conditions permit. But other, more subtle, elements of playing cricket in Brisbane also come into the equation.I seldom found a greater contrast between the certainty in our group and the uncertainty in the oppositions than in the days and hours before the first ball in Brisbane. Visiting sides would be unsure whether to bat first or not, whether to play four quicks or not, or whether to attack or defend and try to take the game deep.All that uncertainty would help us as we forged on with a simple plan - not dissimilar to that employed by the Queensland Sheffield Shield side. It is generally better to bat first in Brisbane even if the pitch has a bit in it, because its invariably harder to bat on day two, when the surface has quickened up a bit and the nicks carry even further.Similarly the bowlers would know just the right lengths to bowl, a little bit fuller than in the southern states, in search of nicks, and around a fourth- or fifth-stump line so the batsmen were unsure of whether to defend the stumps or leave the moving ball to fly through into my gloves. It shouldnt be forgotten either that spinners could find the ground a very fruitful place to bowl, utilising the bounce and pace - just check the handsome Gabba records of Shane Warne and Nathan Lyon for proof.Often the fast bowlers of visiting sides would tend to pitch too short, affording us plenty of opportunities to leave the ball when it was new, and then to pull and cut as the Kookaburra lost a little bit of its shine and hardness. Matthew Hayden, not only an Australia opener but a Queensland native, was a brilliant exponent of this.It was Haydos who helped fill me with a sense of confidence walking out onto the ground, for he would just get so excited about starting the summer in Brisbane. Years after he retired, the Australian side of 2013-14 strutted onto the ground for the first Test of that Ashes summer knowing we had strong allies in the ground and pitch we were starting on. Thanks largely to Mitchell Johnson, and perhaps a few day-one runs by yours truly, we set tthe tone for the whole summer at the first time of asking. Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey. A lot of that advantage, however, is lost by moving the Gabba away from the start of a summer. Touring teams are less likely to be caught off balance if they have more time in the country behind them, and for the home side, it can be harder to turn momentum back towards them if it has swung away. Two examples from recent years: in awful circumstances the 2014-15 season was turned on its head, and the Gabba was swapped with Adelaide for the first Test, against India. Adelaide was an extraordinary week for all kinds of reasons, but theres no doubt the pitch helped Virat Kohlis men get much closer to a win than might have been possible in Brisbane. This summer, of course, South Africa got the opportunity to start the series in Perth, a place where theyve never lost, and they carried the early break all the way to a deserved series win.I understand that crowds for Brisbane have been disappointing outside of Ashes Tests for some time, and I also think the day-night concept is worth trying at the Gabba. But I do hope that Cricket Australias administrators take into full consideration how much the Australian team values getting a head start on the summer in Queensland when they are thinking about future summer schedules.Pakistan are starting their series in Brisbane, but theyve already been in New Zealand for several weeks before their warm-up match in north Queensland. It will be interesting to see how they adapt, particularly their older batsmen like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. Im also eager to see how Yasir Shahs legbreaks fare on the Gabba surface.The most defining thing about this series, though, is likely to be Pakistans catching. We are all aware how dangerous their pace bowlers can be, not least the recalled Mohammad Amir. But the New Zealand series was further evidence that Pakistans bowlers often have an inbuilt disadvantage - the need to take more than 20 wickets a Test due to a steady flow of dropped catches.Alongside the coach, Mickey Arthur, my former state coach and mentor Steve Stumper Rixon has been working as Pakistans fielding coach. Knowing Stumper, he will be giving them plenty of opportunities to work hard on their catching, with an eye on being a more efficient side in the field this series. A Pakistan side that can manage to hold their catches would be a threat to anyone - even Australia on their beloved Gabba. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '