Glamorgan stay silent on West Indies Test speculation

Glamorgan are refusing to comment on growing speculation that the Swalec Stadium is to have its England Test match against the West Indies next year moved to Lord’s.

In a dramatic twist in fixture allocation, the England and Wales Cricket Board appear to be bowing to pressure from the MCC that Lord’s was not going to host the West Indies next summer  – the first time a major touring team would not have played a Test at the home of cricket during a series in England.

Additionally, the MCC made their feelings public on the issue through comments by head of cricket John Stephenson.

Last December, the Swalec Stadium  was unveiled as the destination for the final allocated Test of the three-match series with the West Indies in 2012, alongside Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.

Last week Paul Russell, the Glamorgan chairman, admitted he was starting to doubt whether the five-day match would be coming to Cardiff after all.

But as speculation has grown the increasingly sensitive hierarchy at the Welsh county have decided to hold their own counsel on the issue.

It did not help Glamorgan’s cause that it emerged Lord’s had bid £1m for the West Indies match, £400,000 more than Cardiff.

If the ECB perform a U-turn it would give Lord’s a second Test match for next year, with South Africa visiting north London later in the summer.

The irony for Glamorgan is that it might not be a bad move for a county who are still counting the cost of last month’s match against Sri Lanka.

Glamorgan bid £2.5m for that Test match back in 2008, with the staging fee due to be paid to the England and Wales Cricket Board within 30 days of the finish.

The Welsh county are set to make a loss of more than a £1m and might have to renegotiate the payment with the ECB.

The Sri Lankan match struggled to attract public interest – the highest attendance during the rain-affected match was around 10,500 – and it would probably be no different hosting the West Indies in Cardiff next year.

If they do lose the West Indies Test it is likely Glamorgan will stage a Test against New Zealand in 2013, which would stop their chances of hosting an Ashes match in the same year.

But the Welsh county have still bid for an England-Australia match in 2015, which they would desperately need.

Glamorgan are now hoping to recoup some of their Sri Lanka Test losses when they host England’s one-day international against world champions India on September 16.

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One Response to Glamorgan stay silent on West Indies Test speculation

  1. what a mad system for allocating test matches the ecb have.
    test grounds bidding huge sums, gambling that they outbid other test grounds.
    glamorgan are counting the cost of this years sri lanka test, admitting fianancially they made a huge loss.
    lords outbid cardiff for next years west indies test and didn’t win? very strange.
    and of course, who eventually pays?…..
    the spectator. durham, my home ground are charging members £75 for the ashes test. it will be a great occaision, but at £75 i feel it’s overpriced.
    consequently….i’m not going.