Glamorgan have confirmed they are in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about swapping their England Test match against New Zealand in 2013 for five ICC Champions Trophy matches including a semi-final.
The Champions Trophy is the ICC’s 50-over tournament featuring the top eight teams the world and Glamorgan have been offered as one of three venues for the tournament. In return the New Zealand Test match would switch to Lord’s.
Glamorgan insist no decision has been made on the switch and they are still preparing to host the New Zealand Test next year.
The ECB are due to announce the schedule and ticketing arrangements for the Champions Trophy at the end of the month, with The Oval and Edgbaston the other two venues.
A Glamorgan statement read: “Last September, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Glamorgan will stage a further 17 days of international cricket over the next five years – this includes a New Zealand Investec Test match in 2013 and an Ashes Investec Test match in 2015.
“The club is totally confident that the New Zealand Investec Test match will be both an operational and financial success – the reasons for this have not changed.
“But we have been informed that there may be an opportunity to swap our 2013 New Zealand Investec Test match in return for hosting five ICC Champions Trophy matches, including a semi-final, in the same year.
“Without doubt, the opportunity to stage a number of high profile ICC Champions Trophy matches in Cardiff is an exciting one and would provide a fascinating range of matches and do much to continue to raise the international standing of Wales as destination for top class cricket.
“Discussions are at an early stage and, understandably, there are a number of complex matters that need to be considered and resolved prior to any final decision being made. Glamorgan will not agree to a swap unless it is clearly in the interests of the club to do so.”
The county successfully staged the 2009 Ashes Test but two years later the Sri Lanka Test failed to capture the public imagination. They lost £1.2m on the match and were then late paying the ECB the staging fee.
Subsequently, as a result, Glamorgan were stripped of the 2012 England v West Indies Test. But since then Glamorgan have restructured their finances in a bid to reduce their debt and secure the club’s future.
The club’s lenders, which include Allied Irish Bank, Cardiff Council and former chairman Paul Russell, have agreed to a loan restructure. In addition, Glamorgan managed to raise £1.3m from a group of nine private investors.
Glamorgan will host a one-day international this summer between England and South Africa on Friday August 24, with the Friends Life t20 finals being staged in Cardiff the following day.