শুক্রবার, ১১ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯
Old Trafford to host
Old Trafford has been awarded one of the two Tests against Bangladesh in 2010, with the other going to Lord’s. The announcement comes following recommendations from the ECB’s Independent Major Match Group, and will be of some consolation to Lancashire after they controversially missed out on hosting an Ashes Test this summer. Lord’s will also stage one of the two Test between Australia and Pakistan, with the other being played at Headingley. Giles Clarke, the ECB’s chairman, said the decision reflected a ‘sensible approach … to ensure that the largest number of members of the Pakistani ethnic community across Britain can see the neutral Test matches between Pakistan and Australia as well as ensuring a good geographical spread of the matches.’ The Pakistan v Australia Twenty20s will both be at Edgbaston while Cardiff will host the two Twenty20 matches between England and Pakistan. In 2011 the Twenty20 match against India will be at Old Trafford and the Twenty20 against Sri Lanka will be at Bristol.