ECB confirms Ashes & new T20 venues

15 Feb 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced its venues for major domestic and international matches from 2020 to 2024, including the 2023 Ashes Tests.

The 2023 Ashes Tests will return to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition, the ECB has confirmed, with Edgbaston (pictured above), Headingley, The Oval, Lord's and Old Trafford set to host England v Australia in both series.

The ECB has also named the eight venues for its new Twenty20 competition, yet to be granted an official title, under a revamped model for assigning rights to its major events.

The eight venues granted teams for the new T20 tournament are: Lord’s (Middlesex); the Oval (Surrey); Edgbaston (Warwickshire); Trent Bridge (Nottinghamshire); Old Trafford (Lancashire); Headingley (Yorkshire); Ageas Bowl (Hampshire) and the SSE SWALEC Stadium (Glamorgan).

In a statement, the ECB said these destinations provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience.

The development of the new competition aims to rival the likes of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

Key elements of the new competition, scheduled to launch in the summer of 2020, include eight new teams playing 36 games over a 38-day summer window with four home games per team. A players’ draft will be utilised to drive awareness, while each first-class county is to receive a guaranteed at least £1.3m.

Meanwhile, Edgbaston will be the exclusive host of the T20 Blast Finals, having hosted the existing T20 event nine times to date. Trent Bridge becomes the new home for the final of the 50-over competition from 2020 onwards, which has traditionally been staged at Lord’s.

The BBC will broadcast live TV coverage of the new men's domestic T20 tournament each summer from 2020 to 2024.

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