Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Edgbaston Awarded 31-Day Programme of Major Match Cricket 2020

Edgbaston Awarded 31-Day Programme of Major Match Cricket 2020

Old Trafford has been named as one of the eight host venues for the new city T20 competition, which will rival the likes of the Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash and will start in the summer of 2020.

Though the famous ground was already in line to host an Ashes encounter in 2019 exactly a decade after its last red ball clash between England and Australia, there were no guarantees about the 2023 series because of the emergence of new venues.

"We are absolutely delighted with today's outcome and hopefully it will be the catalyst for cricket to grow in Wales", said Glamorgan Chief Executive, Hugh Morris.

The news was confirmed as the European Central Bank unveiled the eight venues for the new Twenty20 competition and the allocation of global matches until 2024, confirming a marked increase in worldwide T20 cricket as part of radical changes to the global calendar.

Edgbaston will continue to host the T20 Blast final - which will remain intact alongside the new city-based T20 competition - while Trent Bridge will host the final of the one-day tournament ahead of Lord's.

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David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club, said, "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this comprehensive package of worldwide 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".

"We must also recognise the thousands of supporters who come to Birmingham year after year and create the unique Edgbaston atmosphere that is celebrated throughout the game and brings out the very best in the players who have the opportunity to perform at "Fortress Edgbaston".

Confirmation of the hosts for the ECB's much-vaunted new Twenty20 domestic competition will also be keenly anticipated.

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

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