Test switch is major embarrassment for Glamorgan

The decision to move next summer’s England v West Indies Test match away from Cardiff is a major embarrassment for Glamorgan, who won acclaim in 2009 for their debut staging of the first Ashes Test of that summer.

An England and Wales Cricket Board statement confirmed that the scheduled Cardiff 2012 Test has now been put back out to a competitive tender process for bids by other host international venues. Lord’s is the overwhelming favourite to stage it.

The ECB management board made the decision after Glamorgan advised the ECB that it would be late in making staging fee payments for hosting the England v Sri Lanka npower Test match in Cardiff in May.

Following further discussions between ECB and Glamorgan it has been agreed the club will be given an extended period in which to meet the financial terms of its staging agreement.

Glamorgan suffered a major financial loss for the Sri Lanka game which failed to capture the public imagination, a situation not helped by the fact that four of the five days were rain-affected.

Alan Hamer, the Glamorgan chief executive, said: “Following lengthy discussions with the ECB, Cardiff will not be staging an England v West Indies Test match next year. The next Test match to be staged in Cardiff will now be in 2014.

“Due to the commercial challenges the club faced in staging the recent England v Sri Lanka npower Test match, the ECB have agreed to extend the deadline for Glamorgan Cricket to meet the financial terms of the match agreement.

“The SWALEC Stadium will continue to stage international cricket with a minimum of one Test match, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international to be played in Cardiff prior to 2016.

“Glamorgan Cricket has also recently submitted an application to the ECB to stage additional international matches at the SWALEC Stadium in the period 2013 to 2016, and a decision is expected in September.”

England are next in Cardiff for a NatWest Series one-day international against India on September 16. England then return to Wales next year for a one-day international against South Africa.

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