Edgbaston Awarded 31-Day Programme of Major Match Cricket 2020

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Mr Hodgkiss 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 competition". With Trent Bridge becoming the home of the 50-over final and Edgbaston the home of T20 finals day, there is a move to a pleasing consistency and symmetry about the list.

That cycle includes an Ashes Test in 2023, while the club has also been chosen as a host venue for the new, eight-team T20 competition that starts in 2020.

Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, said: "We are delighted with the outcome of the tender process".

Gloucestershire, Durham, Glamorgan and Hampshire will all host England one-day internationals at their grounds throughout this period, with the latter two also set to stage T20 internationals.

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".

While the European Central Bank has yet to officially confirm the teams that will contest the new competition, it has dropped a significant clue by announcing the venues that will stage matches from 2020-2024.

"We believe that the new T20 competition can follow the example of the "Big Bash" in Australia by bringing in new audiences and with the world's best cricketers now expected to come to Cardiff, the game can only continue to flourish".

"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".

Awarding global cricket to revenue-hungry grounds is a thankless task.

"Birmingham hosting a team in the new T20 competition also presents a fantastic opportunity to further develop the sport in the city".

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