Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove is determined to stay positive following The Rose Bowl’s Ashes snub.
Having expected to be awarded an Ashes Test in either 2013 or 2015, Bransgrove admits it came as “a crushing blow” to be told The Rose Bowl bid was unsuccessful.
“I’m gutted, we set our stall out to win an Ashes Test and we failed,” he said. “But you have to say congratulations to those who won and move on to fight another day.
“We have to come to terms with this decision. It’s difficult to take, I can’t pretend it isn’t. But we work in sport, we know what it’s like to nearly make it and not quite do it.
“We have to regroup, consider the impact on our business, take the positives and move forward. It hurts but we have to make the most of what we’ve got.
“We’ve got two additional days of international cricket and will be offering two or three days of international cricket every year between now and 2016 and ten years ago that would have been inconceivable. We must take hold of the positives.”