Midlands cricket venues to host 72 finals between 2020 2024

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Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge will also host matches that will take place from 2020, live on Sky Sports. 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.

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.

"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.

"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".

The stadium is also one of the eight host venues for the new city T20 competition, which is created to rival the likes of the Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash.

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

The governing body revealed the news on Wednesday, having approved the key venues for all the major domestic and worldwide matches over a five-year period from 2020, subject to contract.

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

"Aside from the obvious appeal of worldwide cricket, the new T20 competition will be a real chance for our community to engage with MCC and Lord's, giving even greater opportunities to those who live and work locally to experience what the Home of Cricket has to offer".

"We're thrilled that it has again been awarded such a strong allocation of fixtures, in particular the right to host an Ashes Test, which will put Birmingham at the centre of the sporting world in 2023 and bring great benefits to our local economy".

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