Southern Daily Echo – The Ageas Bowl has missed out as a 2023 Ashes venue but will be one of eight hosts for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new franchise Twenty20 competition.
- The Ageas Bowl has missed out as a 2023 Ashes venue but will be one of eight hosts for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new franchise Twenty20 competition.
- It was duly confirmed on Wednesday evening as a host for the new domestic Twenty20 tournament set to begin in 2020, alongside Glamorgan’s SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff and the six long-established international grounds.
- The home of cricket will, however, retain its two Tests per summer alongside its London neighbour, The Oval, to complete the list of six venues that will host the premier international format over the five-year cycle.
- For Twenty20 and one-day internationals, 10 grounds, will stage matches each summer, with the six Test grounds added to by the Ageas Bowl, Cardiff, Bristol and Durham’s Riverside.
- ECB deputy chairman Ian Lovett said: “(Wednesday’s) discussion and decision followed a rigorous, comprehensive and detailed process by the independent Host Venue Panel, in which they assessed a range of high-quality submissions and presentations.