Cardiff gets nod to host T20 team
CARDIFF’S Swalec Stadium has been chosen as one of the venues to host a new eight-team Twenty20 tournament, scheduled to begin in 2020.
Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, the Welsh capital and Nottingham have been selected as host cities for the competition.
Both 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 as-yet unnamed tournament is planned to run for an initial five years from 2020 and be played alongside the existing T20 Blast.
The eight venues announced yesterday will all have new teams created around them with two in London.
“We are hugely excited by the prospect of hosting one of the teams in the new Twenty20 competition which starts in 2020,” said Ageas Bowl chief executive officer David Mann.
“It is set to transform domestic cricket in England and Wales, and we also relish the opportunity to present regular international and first-class cricket options to all our communities across the South of England.”
Meanwhile Glamorgan limited-overs captain Colin Ingram said it would be a boost for Wales to be allocated a franchise in the new competition earlier this week.
“For Cardiff to get one of those franchises or city-based teams would be massive for Wales,” Ingram explained.
“People out in Australia think they have rejuvenated cricket in Australia,” he said.
“It (Big Bash) is a world-class competition.
“I know the people in the UK and I know they love their cricket and have been supporting their counties over a good many years.
“But creating more excitement can only bolster the county cricket system in general.
“It will be great to be a part of [and] hopefully Cardiff will get a team.”
Meanwhile he 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.
Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford will all host England v Australia matches in both series.
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