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Cardiff wins England one-day game
Sophia Gardens
Cardiff is attracting some of England's biggest games
Glamorgan's Sophia Gardens home has received another boost with the news that it will host an England v South Africa one-day fixture in 2008.

The Cardiff ground is set to undergo a 7.4m upgrade - subject to planning permission - in order to prepare it for an Ashes Test match in 2009.

It has been confirmed that the third Test of the England-Australia series will be the one brought to Wales.

Hampshire and Lancashire will stage one day internationals in 2007 and 2008.

The award is a consolation prize for the grounds as they did not get an Ashes Test.

The Rose Bowl will host its first ever one-day international - last year it was the stage for England's inaugural Twenty20 international - against India in 2007.

Despite protests by the players at the length of the recent seven-match one-day series in India, the England and Wales Cricket Board has agreed to an identical series against the same opponents next summer, the longest ever staged on English soil.

India's reluctance to embrace Twenty20 cricket has forced England to instead arrange two such matches against West Indies at The Oval at the start of the summer.

Finance is too large a part of the decision-making process
Stewart Regan
Yorkshire chief executive

And there will be a three-match one-day series at Edgbaston, Lord's and Trent Bridge.

Old Trafford will host its first Twenty20 international in 2008 against New Zealand.

But on the other side of the Pennines, Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan fears the club are being forced out of the frame for major international matches by financial factors.

He has accused the ECB of failing to focus on the merits of their bids to stage Twenty20 internationals at Headingley in the next two years.

He told the Yorkshire Post: "Finance is too large a part of the decision-making process and the situation has degenerated into a bidding war.

"That means that if a county has major backing from a council, development agency or whatever, then it can out-muscle a club that does not have that support."

Headingley will, however, stage England's Tests against West Indies, South Africa and Australia in the next three seasons, plus one-day games against India and South Africa.

I am sure Glamorgan's offer was the best and I am thrilled for south Wales
ECB chairman Lord Ian MacLaurin
Meanwhile, Durham expressed their delight at being awarded a Twenty20 international involving South Africa later the same summer.

"Competition to host this calibre of international fixture is extremely high," said chief executive David Harker.

"To be awarded one of just two international Twenty20 matches in the country in 2008 is a great achievement.

"This form of cricket is immensely popular with young people and I am sure the match will sell out, providing a fantastic atmosphere for both teams."

The decision to play the Ashes game in Cardiff was highly controversial.

After Sophia Gardens won the Ashes vote ahead of Old Trafford and the Rose Bowl, there were widespread accusations about the over-influence of the so-called 'Taffia' in the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But former ECB chairman Lord Ian MacLaurin called such comments "nonsense".

"I am sure Glamorgan's offer was the best and I am thrilled for south Wales and the south-west of England," he said.

Tredegar-born David Morgan, the current chairman, said: "The process was transparent and I have had no direct involvement in the decision."

As well as Morgan, ECB deputy chief executive Huw Morris is Welsh, while national coach Duncan Fletcher and assistant Matthew Maynard are adopted Welshmen with deep Glamorgan backgrounds.

But all five members of the independent panel evaluating the Ashes bids were English.


England one-day venues 2007-08

2007

ODI v West Indies: Edgbaston, Lord's, Trent Bridge (3 matches)

T20 v West Indies: Brit Oval (2 matches)

ODI v India: Bristol, Brit Oval, Edgbaston, Headingley. Lord's, Old Trafford, Rose Bowl (7 matches)

Domestic Twenty20 finals day: Edgbaston

2008

ODI v New Zealand: Bristol, Brit Oval, Chester-le-Street, Edgbaston, Lord's (5 matches)

T20 v New Zealand: Old Trafford (1 match)

ODI v South Africa: Brit Oval, Cardiff, Headingley, Lord's, Trent Bridge (5 matches)

T20 v South Africa: Chester-le-Street (1 match)

Domestic Twenty20 finals day: Rose Bowl




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