Midlands cricket venues to host 72 finals between 2020 2024
16 February, 2018, 07:02 | Author: Luis Fowler
The Emirates Old Trafford has secured a package of global fixtures having being selected as host venue for an Ashes Test in 2023 and the new eight-team T20 competition which starts in 2020.
Lord's and The Oval will host newly created teams in the competition, with the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge the other grounds chosen.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that the 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition.
"I think that's where the future of cricket is", Hampshire chief executive David Mann told BBC South Today.
"As a club, we are determined to grow the game of cricket across all communities in the county of Lancashire and the North West as a whole, with families and supporters able to watch, at affordable prices, some of the best cricket and greatest players in Manchester over the coming years", he added.
The Nottingham ground will, however, take over from Lord's as the venue for the domestic One-Day Cup final from 2020, the European Central Bank has confirmed.
Not only will the prospect of two Test matches with Australia help the club to clear its historic debts, but these two matches - and a raft of other worldwide and T20 matches secured by Headingley - will be genuine money-spinners for the wider Yorkshire economy.
The eight venues for the new competition are as widely expected.
"Emirates Old Trafford has been a Test venue for over 130 years and we are proud of our rich heritage and history in hosting worldwide fixtures".
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "We're very proud of Edgbaston for continuing to bring the biggest matches in cricket to our great sporting city, and for the work that the team has done in transforming the ground into one of the finest cricket venues in the world".
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