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Lord’s slated for Cricket World Cup final

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Lord’s in London has been proposed as the host venue of the 2019 Cricket World Cup final while the Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff have been put forward to stage matches during the 2017 Champions Trophy.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has also recommended to the ICC that the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup should be allocated to Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham, with the opening match staged at the Oval in London. Taunton in Somerset will be slated to hold two matches, while further group contests in Durham, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Southampton have been proposed.

Meanwhile the ECB has recommended that the 2017 Champions Trophy should follow the successful formula of the 2013 edition. In 2013, Edgbaston held the 50-over final while in 2017 it is proposed that the Oval should host the title showpiece. All venue allocations are subject to approval by the ICC.

Steve Elworthy, the ECB’s head of global events, said: “The format and the venues in 2013 proved extremely popular and the fans turned out in record numbers for the event. All three venues will be keen to repeat their success from the last tournament and I am sure they will have learnt from the experience which will lead to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 being even more memorable.”