England given go ahead to host World Cup

THE QUEST to find 10 venues for the 2019 Cricket World Cup has begun after the International Cricket Council finalised the hosting agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The ECB learned in 2006 that they would host the 10-team tournament for the first time since 1999, but the official paperwork was not signed until Sunday in Dubai.

Nine regular Test match grounds, including Lord’s and The Oval, are expected to stage fixtures, with Somerset’s Taunton home, or Bristol, which has previously stage one day internationals, possible venues,

“The organising team from the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, led by tournament director Steve Elworthy, will commence the preparation work for the World Cup immediately following the Champions Trophy final on 23 June,” said ECB chief executive David Collier.

“The ECB is honoured to have been selected to stage one of the largest and most important global sports events.”