Midlands cricket venues to host 72 finals between 2020 2024

Midlands cricket venues to host 72 finals between 2020 2024

The Ageas Bowl was overlooked as a venue for Test, including one in the 2023 Ashes series, when the England and Wales Cricket Board's major match panel announced its allocations on Wednesday.

"We placed our commitment to the local community at the heart of our bid to host the new T20 competition, and I look forward to welcoming more of our neighbours to the ground in the years to come as cricket reaches out to a new and wider audience".

Hampshire's Ageas Bowl has been widely tipped to be awarded a lucrative Test against Australia when the European Central Bank board announces venues for the 2023 series and inaugural Twenty20 franchise tournament.

The eight venues that will stage matches in the new English domestic Twenty20 competition to run from 2020 have been confirmed.

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Snowball added: "We've made huge progress attracting more families and in developing our T20 offering at Edgbaston in recent years, which has seen attendances treble and our match day experience scores increase substantially". Next summer the venue hosts five games in the ICC Cricket World Cup, an Ashes Test between England and Australia and Vitality Blast Finals Day.

David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club, said, "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this comprehensive package of global matches from 2020-2024 which includes an Ashes Test and a further 56 days of top level cricket, plus being named as a host for the new T20 city competition".

The eight venues for the new competition are as widely expected. Hosting an Ashes Test has been a long-time dream of Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire's chairman.

"With the 2022 Commonwealth Games recently awarded to Birmingham, these latest fixtures at Edgbaston Stadium are another tremendous endorsement of the region's ability to successfully deliver global sporting events".

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