Pakistan Today – MELBOURNE: Edgbaston will host the opening match of next year’s Ashes, with Old Trafford and Headingley joining Lord’s and The Oval as the other venues for a series that will be prefaced by a historic maiden Test match against Ireland at Lord’s – a four-day match from July 24-27.

Summary

  • MELBOURNE: Edgbaston will host the opening match of next year’s Ashes, with Old Trafford and Headingley joining Lord’s and The Oval as the other venues for a series that will be prefaced by a historic maiden Test match against Ireland at Lord’s – a four-day match from July 24-27.
  • According to Cricinfo, the Ashes, which will follow the completion of the 2019 World Cup, be the first to be played as part of the new ICC Test Championship.
  • “Next summer’s schedule – with an ICC Cricket World Cup and an Ashes Series at its heart – is truly a season to savour for cricket fans of all ages, nationalities and cultures,” said Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive.
  • With the added element of being England’s first Test series in the new World Test Championship, it’s a hugely exciting prospect and we anticipate unprecedented demand for tickets.
  • On the prospect of a maiden Test match against Ireland, who played their inaugural match against Pakistan at Malahide in May, Harrison added:“We fully supported the ICC’s decision to award Full Membership to Cricket Ireland and we expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be a historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans.


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