The Council has welcomed the announcement from the International Cricket Council that the Cricket World Cup returns to Hampshire for the first time in 20 years - with five fixtures announced for next year's competition at the Hampshire Bowl in West End.
It has today been confirmed that five ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures will be played in Hampshire as the tournament returns to England and Wales next year.
The five matches will see England, South Africa, India, West Indies, Bangladesh and Afghanistan all compete at the 'Hampshire Bowl’ *, with matches held at the venue between Wednesday 5 June and Monday 24 June.
South Africa will take on the India in the first match on Wednesday 5 June, while South Africa then play West Indies in the third group game on Monday 10 June.
England then arrive on Friday 14 June to play the West Indies, before the venue hosts India and Afghanistan on Saturday 22 June. The final group game will see Bangladesh take on Afghanistan on Monday 24 June.
David Mann, Hampshire Cricket Chief Executive Officer said, “We are extremely proud to be one of the host venues for the Cricket World Cup next year. We have been allocated five fantastic fixtures which give us the opportunity to welcome fans from around the world to support their team and experience the unique atmosphere that this tournament is sure to generate. We will ensure they are given the warmest of welcomes.”
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Mo Sollitt said, “We are extremely proud to have the prestigious Hampshire Bowl in the Borough of Eastleigh and I’m sure cricket fans from around the world will have a fantastic time, watching some great matches when they visit our Borough next summer.”
In total, 11 venues will be used for the 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Lord’s and The Oval will be used in London, in addition to Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Riverside, Headingley, Trent Bridge, The County Ground, Taunton and the Hampshire Bowl.
The ECB was awarded the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in 2006 following its withdrawal from the bidding to host the 2015 World Cup. This is the first time that a ICC Cricket World Cup has been held in the UK since 1999. ECB hosted the first three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments in 1975, 1979 and 1983.
The tournament will culminate in a record fifth final at a packed Lord’s Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket – on 14 July 2019.
Edgbaston and Old Trafford will host semi-finals on 9 and 11 July, respectively and Old Trafford will host a much-anticipated fixture between India and Pakistan on 16 June.
Steve Elworthy, ECB Tournament Director, “Today’s announcement of the schedule is another important moment in the build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – the moment that the tournament comes to life for teams and cricket lovers across the world. This is the flagship event in one day cricket.”
Fans will have the opportunity to be the first to apply for tickets during the Cricket Family Ballot, which opens at 10am on Tuesday 8 May.
Members of the Cricket Family can pre-register their accounts from Tuesday 1 May in preparation for the ballot, which will remain open until 8pm on Friday 1 June.
Those eligible for the Cricket Family Ballot will receive a specific URL via email in the coming few days.
(*Hampshire Bowl is the name of the venue for the tournament)