London Stadium looks set to host matches at the 2019 Cricket World Cup after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) reportedly outlined its intention to stage two high-profile games at the 66,000-capacity venue.
According to UK newspaper The Guardian, the ECB has proposed that the stadium stage a day-night match on a Friday, followed by a day match on a Sunday.
The Guardian reported that England vs Australia would be a likely fixture at the former Olympic Stadium, while another high-profile game has been suggested in the shape of India vs Pakistan.
The organising committee for the national team tournament will meet next week and is said to be hopeful of making a formal announcement in mid-July.
Drop-in pitches would be used at the stadium, which would mark a first for international cricket in England. The Guardian said the International Cricket Council (ICC) is open to the idea of London Stadium staging games, although it has yet to assess the venue’s capabilities.
The most recent edition of the Cricket World Cup took place in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. A total of 20 games sold out completely during the tournament, with the aggregate attendance reaching one million.
The ECB has set its sights on getting somewhere near this figure, and adding the London Stadium as a host venue would considerably boost overall attendance.
The stadium served as the hub of London’s staging of the 2012 summer Olympic Games, and is the current home of Premier League football club West Ham United.
London Stadium has previously been strongly linked to staging county cricket club Essex’s Twenty20 games. However, The Guardian added that this now appears unlikely with the World Cup set to represent the venue’s first cricket matches.