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ECB to review allocation for major international games

Headingley, home of Yorkshire
Yorkshire have said they will not bid for an Ashes Test in 2013 or 2015

A review of the process of allocation of major international fixtures was discussed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday.

A bidding process had been introduced following an increase in the number of grounds capable of staging matches.

Some counties have, however, voiced concerns over the process and the ECB says it will look at the issues.

"The management board will sit down and assess what the best options are going forward," an ECB statement said.

"It is something we are conscious of and we are aware it is something the grounds have concerns about.

"There have been extensive discussions with both the international and non-international grounds over the way in which the process works."

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves had earlier told BBC Sport that his club will not bid for an Ashes Test against Australia in 2013 or 2016 because of financial concerns.

Headingley says 'no' to Ashes Test

The White Rose county are in possession of a staging agreement with the ECB, which guarantees a Test match at Headingley every year from 2012 to 2019, but they would have to submit a bid for Australia Tests.

Similar staging agreements are held by the Oval (running from 2002 until 2022) and Trent Bridge (2003 until 2011).

The bidding process was introduced because the building of new grounds means there are more venues vying to stage matches.

The six traditional England Test match venues - Lord's, the Oval, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Headingley and Edgbaston - have been joined by new grounds at Chester-le-Street, which earned Test status in 2003, and Southampton's Rose Bowl, which will stage its first Test in 2011.

Meanwhile, Cardiff joined the Test ranks in 2009 after extensive redevelopment and considerable financial support from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Bristol has regularly hosted one-day internationals but never a Test.

The cost of bidding for a Test is estimated at between £1m and £2m and, having just announced a loss of £1.8m for 2010, Yorkshire fear it would jeopardise their future.

Graves said £1m of their losses came after the "neutral" Test between Pakistan and Australia at Headingley in July was not a sell-out.

He added: "As it stands today, there won't be Ashes Test matches [at Headingley].

"We certainly aren't going to bid for one and put the club at risk again, bidding £1m to £1.5m for an Ashes Test match is simply not worth it.

"The problem we have in England and Wales is we have nine Test match grounds and seven Test matches and nine into seven doesn't go.

Pakistan celebrate
Pakistan were victorious against Australia at Headingley in 2010

"At the end of the day you are playing with high stakes and that's a big risk business and at this present time, we are not in that."

Graves, who also sits on the ECB board, added that the issue needed to be addressed by the governing body.

"I'm urging them to look totally at the way we structure cricket, the way it is financed and, going forward, how we are going to stage that," he said.

"There are some big searching questions there to be answered."

ENGLAND'S HOME SCHEDULE - 2011

Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Lord's, Rose Bowl

Sri Lanka ODIs: The Oval, Headingley, Lord's, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford

Sri Lanka T20: Bristol

India Tests: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, The Oval

India ODIs: Chester-le-Street, Rose Bowl, The Oval, Lord's, Cardiff

India T20: Old Trafford

Domestic T20 final: Chester-le-Street

(Fixtures from 2012 are subject to confirmation of International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme)

2012 ALLOCATIONS

West Indies Tests: Edgbaston, Trent Bridge

West Indies ODIs: Cardiff, Headingley, The Oval

South Africa Tests: Headingley, The Oval

South Africa ODIs: Cardiff, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

South Africa T20: Old Trafford

Domestic T20 final: Lord's

To allocate: 1 Test match and 1 T20 v West Indies; 1 Test match v South Africa; 5 ODIs v Australia

2013 ALLOCATIONS

New Zealand Tests: Headingley, Lord's

New Zealand ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Oval

Australia Tests: Chester-le-Street, The Oval

Australia ODI: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley, Rose Bowl

Australia T20: Trent Bridge x 2

To allocate: 3 Test matches and 3 ODIs v Australia; domestic T20 finals day

2014 ALLOCATIONS

Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Headingley

Sri Lanka ODIs: The Oval

Sri Lanka T20: Rose Bowl

India Tests: Old Trafford, Rose Bowl, The Oval

India ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 final: Edgbaston

To allocate: 1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 1 Test match, 3 ODIs and 1 T20 v India

2015 ALLOCATIONS

New Zealand Tests: Headingley

New Zealand ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, The Oval

Pakistan Tests: Old Trafford, The Oval

Pakistan ODIs: Edgbaston, Headingley, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 final: Chester-le-Street

To allocate: 2 Test matches, 2 ODIs and 1 T20 v New Zealand; 1 T20 v Pakistan

2016 ALLOCATIONS

Sri Lanka Tests: Chester-le-Street

Sri Lanka ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Oval

Australia Tests: Lord's, The Oval

Australia T20: Cardiff, Trent Bridge

Domestic T20 finals: Edgbaston

To allocate: 1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 3 Test matches, 4 ODIs v Australia



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England host Pakistan v Australia
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