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Cardiff Test out to tender

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SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

The venue for the Test match between England and West Indies will not be revealed until the ECB finalise their 2012 match schedule

The ECB today announced that the England v West Indies Test match, due to be held at Cardiff next year, will be put back out to a competitive tender process for bids by other host international venues.

The decision was taken by the ECB management board after Glamorgan CCC advised the ECB that it would be late in making its payment of the staging fee for hosting the recent England v Sri Lanka npower Test match.

Following further discussions between ECB and Glamorgan CCC, it has been agreed that the club will be given an extended period in which to meet the financial terms of its staging agreement.

No decision is expected on the awarding of a new venue for next summer’s West Indies Test match until the ECB has finalised the international match schedule for 2012 in its entirety.

ECB chief executive David Collier said: “This decision has been taken following close consultation with Glamorgan CCC and with a view to assisting the club in developing a sustainable long-term business plan for staging international cricket.

“ECB recognises that the club has made considerable investment into developing and upgrading the SWALEC Stadium and that this has brought considerable benefits to the wider game in England and Wales.

“Glamorgan CCC has assured ECB that it will fully comply with the terms of the staging agreement in relation to its future international matches and further discussions will take place between both parties to ensure that the club continues to remain on a sound financial footing.

“While it will not be permitted to stage the West Indies Test match next year, the club will continue to host a one-day international against India later this summer and South Africa next year.

“It will also be free to bid for the ECB’s new match packages for 2013-2016 along with all other international venues and any application received will be considered on its merits."