Lancashire Cricket Club has announced that it will host international fixtures for the 2023 Ashes Test.
It's good news for fans of the sport as the Emirates Old Trafford ground will also be one of the host venues for the eight team new T20 competition, starting in 2020.
The match appointment means that more than an estimated one million visitors will visit the ground over a course of just 61 days.
An initial estimate of direct economic benefit to Manchester stands at over £83 million.
The ECB has confirmed that Emirates Old Trafford will play host to an Ashes Test in 2023, three further Test Matches, five IT20s and one One-Day International and between the years 2020-24.
International Fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford
- 2020: Pakistan Test Match and Australia International
- T20, 2021: India Test Match and Pakistan International
- T20, 2022: India International T20 and South Africa One-Day International
- 2023: Australia Test Match and International IT20 (opposition TBC)
- 2024: Test Match (opposition TBC) and International T20 (opposition TBC)
David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club, said:
The Emirates Old Trafford ground underwent a £60 million refurbishment, that was completed last year - taking nine years.
Furthermore, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:
Daniel Gidney, Lancashire’s Chief Executive, commented:
Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, added: