Cardiff Ashes Test in 2015 rewards ‘Team Wales’ bid

Glamorgan will stage an Ashes Test match against Australia in 2015 at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, with the county club’s chairman Barry O’Brien insisting Wales’ ability to organise high profile sporting events won the day.

Despite having to delay paying the ECB the staging fee for the this season’s first Test between England and Sri Lanka, Glamorgan have been awarded a Test in four years’ time although they have missed out on a Test during the previous Ashes tour here in 2013.

In total, the Swalec Stadium will now host eight international matches up to 2016, in addition to staging the 2012 Friends Life t20 Finals Day.

“In the past decade, Wales has led the way in staging a number of successful high profile sporting events – these include the 2009 Ashes Test match, the 2010 Ryder Cup and countless FA Cup and Heineken Cup Finals,” said O’Brien.

“The ‘Team Wales’ approach to event planning and delivery is widely recognised and will once again be an important facet in our planning for the 2015 Ashes Test match.

“The ECB’s announcement will also enable Cricket Wales to implement its exciting plans to further develop cricket throughout the Principality.”

Glamorgan’s international itinerary over the next five seasons includes: England v South Africa one-day international and Friends Life t20 Finals Day (2012); England v New Zealand Test and England v Australia ODI (2013); England v India ODI (2014); England v Australia Test and England v Australia T20 International (2015); England v Pakistan ODI and England v Sri Lanka ODI (2016).

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