Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Edgbaston Awarded 31-Day Programme of Major Match Cricket 2020

Edgbaston Awarded 31-Day Programme of Major Match Cricket 2020

The England and Wales Cricket Board announces that Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's and Old Trafford will host the 2023 Ashes Tests.

Edgbaston and Trent Bridge will also host matches for a new T20 competition which begins in two years' time.

Although they will host teams in the new T20 competition, both The Ageas Bowl and Trent Bridge will be disappointed to miss out on hosting an Ashes Test during the 2023 series.

"I think that's where the future of cricket is", Hampshire chief executive David Mann told BBC South Today.

"This award of matches is also recognition of the tremendous effort that all of our staff have made over recent years to make sure that every visitor to Edgbaston Stadium receives a warm and friendly welcome, which has consistently been reflected in our customer experience scores".

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The final of the 50-over One-Day Cup has also been moved from Lord's to Trent Bridge for the five-year period.

"Emirates Old Trafford has been a Test venue for more than 130 years and we are proud of our rich heritage and history in hosting global fixtures".

The new tournament will see eight city-based franchises compete for the title across a 38-day period, with the top four teams progressing to the play-offs, mirroring the format used in the Big Bash League in Australia and the Indian Premier League.

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. We believe firmly that Lord's is the ground at which cricketers throughout the world want to play and where fans of the game wish to watch. Hosting an Ashes Test has been a long-time dream of Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire's chairman. "We know that the club has made huge strides in attracting more people to its T20 games, particularly families, and we look forward to following the development of this new competition in the city and across the region".

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