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Lancashire Cricket Club will host international 2023 Ashes fixtures

Emirates Old Trafford will host international fixtures for Ashes Test 2023 Photo: Lancashire Cricket Club

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:

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this comprehensive package of international matches from 2020-2024 which includes an Ashes Test and a further 56 days of top level cricket, plus being named as a host for the New T20 competition. It truly shows how Emirates Old Trafford has become one of the leading venues in world cricket.

“As a Club, we are determined to grow the game of cricket across all communities in the county of Lancashire and the North West as a whole, with families and supporters able to watch, at affordable prices, some of the best cricket and greatest players in Manchester over the coming years.

“Emirates Old Trafford has been a Test venue for over 130 years and we are proud of our rich heritage and history in hosting international fixtures. To host the Ashes in 2023, following on from 2019, is one of the ‘moments’ of cricket both from a playing, watching and hosting perspective, and will enable our vision of re-engaging our core cricket audiences across over 300 clubs in Lancashire, as well as every school in the North West, and attracting new fans through the new T20 tournament.”

– David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club

The Emirates Old Trafford ground underwent a £60 million refurbishment, that was completed last year - taking nine years.

Hodgkiss added:

We are very proud of the continued redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford over the last 10 years, and in the process, create a long term, robust and sustainable financial business, that allows Lancashire Cricket, and the game as a whole, to flourish and develop across the region.

“The Club is no longer financially reliant on individual days of cricket and this comprehensive allocation of fixtures, along with the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel and a flourishing conference and events business, will see us achieve the aim of financial stability in the coming years and position us to invest more and more in the game throughout the North West year on year.”

– David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman of Lancashire Cricket Club

Furthermore, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said:

It is brilliant news for Manchester that Emirates Old Trafford has been awarded such a high-profile array of international fixtures up until 2024.

“I grew up watching Lancashire in the County Championship and Sunday League and I still hold a very strong affinity to the Club to this day.

“Emirates Old Trafford is the epicentre of cricket in the north of the England and as the Mayor of Manchester, I am very keen to help develop the game in the North West and continue to inspire the next generation of players and fans.

“The economic and social impact from these major match days will be vital to the city of Manchester and the wider region in terms of how many people it will bring to the city, job creation and the indirect spend from those visitors.

“Manchester is a sporting city and Emirates Old Trafford has become a vital part of that. Everything that the Club is trying to do fits perfectly with the vision of Greater Manchester going forward.”

– Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor

Daniel Gidney, Lancashire’s Chief Executive, commented:

“This is another historic and memorable day for everyone connected with the Club. The journey that we have gone through from losing Test Match cricket in 2008 to where we are now is phenomenal and testament to the efforts, time and commitment of the Board, the Club and everyone connected with cricket in the North West.

“The T20 Blast has been hugely successful over the last five years, and Emirates Old Trafford has played a role in that, with a record 19,961 crowd in last year’s competition against Yorkshire and it is a competition we’re still very much supporting."

– Daniel Gidney, Lancashire’s Chief Executive

Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, added:

This is fantastic news for Greater Manchester. Emirates Old Trafford is a world class venue designed to host top class cricket.

“Cricket fans and the world’s media will be warmly welcomed to an internationally connected stadium, within easy access to over 30,000 hotel bedrooms, as well as some of Greater Manchester’s finest bars, restaurants and cultural offerings.

“Marketing Manchester and our partners are hugely excited to work with Lancashire Cricket and the ECB in creating a cricket city that attracts new audiences, inspires future fans and delivers memorable match day experiences.

“Not only is this great news for sports fans it is beneficial for all those working in the tourism economy as it will generate a direct economic impact of £83m over the duration of the five years.”

– Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester