Nottingham’s Trent Bridge has missed out on an Ashes test during the latest allocation of international fixtures.
Instead, the 2023 Ashes has been awarded to the same grounds that will host the 2019 series; Edgbaston, Emerald Headingley, Kia Oval, Lord’s and Emirates Old Trafford.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Ashes, the ground will see four tests and three one-day internationals and T20s in the five years.
Pakistan, India and New Zealand will visit Nottingham for the tests whilst Ireland join Pakistan and India in the short format internationals.
It will be the first time Nottingham’s home of cricket hasn’t hosted the Ashes test series since 2009, with the venue previously being a happy-hunting ground for the home side.
Thousands turned out the last time England played at Trent Bridge in the 2015 test series, with the team thrashing the Baggy Green’s by an inning and 78 runs in the fourth test on Stuart Broad’s home turf.
The announcement also sees Nottingham selected as a host city for the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020, with the final of the 50-over Royal London One Day Cup also moving to Nottinghamshire, ending a Lord’s tradition.
Trent Bridge’s international matches
2020: Pakistan test match, Ireland ODI
2021: India test match, Pakistan T20
2022: New Zealand test match, India T20
2023: ODI, international T20 (opposition to be confirmed)
2024: Test match, ODI (opposition to be confirmed).
Domestic One-Day cricket
Host of the Royal London One-Day Cup Final 2020-2024
One of eight host cities for new T20 competition from 2020
Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse believed that, although Nottingham will miss out on the Ashes, it will offer certainty to the club and benefit fans of the game.
She said: “Everybody wants the Ashes, we’ve had some great games in 2013 and 2015. We would have enjoyed having it back here but I think when you’ve only got five and two are in London that does leave a lot of competition for them and sometimes you don’t get them.”
“This gives us seven years of certainty and we know what games we’ve got going right the way through to 2024, we’ve got a good diet of cricket as it was in there and it gives us that opportunity. We can do some serious business planning.”
“We’ve got everything in there – test cricket, international T20, a new T20 competition, 50-over final, One Day Internationals – it is really good and I think it gives us a chance to really appeal to existing customer base and to new customers.”