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2019 Cricket World Cup venues limited to ten slots

Venues across England and Wales will be competing for ten available hosting slots following yesterday's award of the 2019 Cricket World Cup to the region.

In a press conference yesterday with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), ECB chief executive David Collier announced that the bidding process for the ten venues will begin early next year.

The last time England hosted the World Cup in 1999, 18 counties staged at least one match, but the 2019 tournament will have less games with only ten teams participating, and the host agreement rules out the possibility of having that many venues again.

Collier also suggested that any counties that miss out on hosting a World Cup match could be given the consolation of hosting warm-up games in May 2019.