The First Minister has described news that the Ashes 2015 opener will be held in Cardiff as 'fantastic for Wales' - and says he hopes it will inspire a new generation to take up cricket.
We proved the critics wrong when we hosted the opening Test Match here in 2009 and are becoming renowned for our ability to successfully stage some of the highest profile events in the world.
Attracting major events not only boosts our international profile, but has clear benefits for our economy. The 2009 series alone is estimated to have brought in around £2.4million to Wales.
I'm sure cricket fans across Wales will be delighted by this news and I hope it will inspire a new generation of fans to take up the sport and get behind their local county cricket team.
- Wed 8 – Sun 12 July: 1st Investec Test Match SWALEC, Cardiff
- Thu 16 – Mon 20 July: 2nd Investec Test Match Lord's
- Wed 29 – Sun 2 Aug: 3rd Investec Test Match Edgbaston
- Thu 6 – Mon 10 Aug: 4th Investec Test Match Trent Bridge
- Thu 20 – Mon 24 Aug: 5th Investec Test Match Kia Oval
- Mon 31 Aug: NatWest IT20 SWALEC, Cardiff
Glamorgan Cricket's Chief Executive said the club is 'delighted' that its headquarters - the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff - will host the opening Ashes 2015 test.
It promises to be an exciting and hugely anticipated contest, as one the world's most renowned sporting rivalries resumes in Cardiff.
As in 2009, the Investec Ashes Series will be one of the major highlights of the sporting year, with huge crowds and superb action on the field. The iconic scenes of Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson's last wicket stand was one of the great memories of that Series and vital in the eventual outcome of the 2009 Ashes.
The Ashes 2015 will open at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, it has been confirmed.
The England & Wales Cricket Board today confirmed the full international programme for the summer of 2015 with tours by New Zealand and Australia.
The first Test will take place at the stadium on July 8.
Glamorgan have confirmed the club has bid to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the SWALEC Stadium from next year onwards.
The Welsh Government and Cardiff Council are also involved in the application.
Glamorgan Cricket confirm a collaborative bid with Welsh Government and Cardiff Council has been submitted to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the SWALEC Stadium from 2015 onwards.
The positive working relationship with the Club’s stakeholders, primarily Welsh Government and Cardiff Council, has been a hugely important factor in the success of international cricket in Wales since Cardiff became a Category A Test Match Venue.
Discussions are at a very early stage and ongoing, with Cardiff being only one of a number of possibilities being considered.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed recommendations over its future have been put together by its Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee, and are due to be discussed by the committee and ICC board next week.
The recommendations, which have been put together by a working group of ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA), are to be discussed by the full F&CA and ICC Board when it meets in Dubai from 27-29 January.
The ICC will only make a comment on this matter once the Board has had the opportunity to meet and properly consider the proposals.
Cardiff is in contention to become a base for international cricket's governing body.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering moving its administrative base from its current location in Dubai, either here to Wales, to Singapore, or Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The proposals have been put forward by an ICC committee, and are due to be discussed at a board meeting in Dubai next week.
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Glamorgan have appointed former Middlesex coach and West Indies assistant Toby Radford as their new head coach, taking over the role vacated by Mathew Mott in the summer. Forty-one-year-old Radford beat Glamorgan stalwarts Robert Croft and Steve Watkin to the appointment.
Radford's post will begin officially on November 1st after Glamorgan secure final termination of his current role as batting coach to the West Indies national side where he has guided the likes of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in both long and short forms of the game.
Born in Caerphilly, Radford featured for both Middlesex and Sussex as a batsman and ocasional off-spinner during the mid-nineties before moving into coaching with Berkshire Minor Counties, while still featuring for Glamorgan 2nd XI.
"I am honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to working with Chief Executive and Director of Cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the County I supported as a youngster"It was great to see the team reaching a Lord's final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud."
Glamorgan have lost the Yorkshire Bank 40 Final at Lord's.
Nottinghamshire won the match by 87 runs.
The Midlands team set a tricky target of 245 for 8 in their innings. Glamorgan started strongly reaching 108/2, then a quick succession of wickets saw Samit Patel bowling out Chris Cooke, Jim Allenby and Murray Goodwin.
Glamorgan ended all out for 157, with 7 overs left.