Glamorgan begin bid to host 2013 Ashes Test in Cardiff

The Swalec Stadium
The Swalec Stadium hosted the first Ashes Test in the 2009 series

Glamorgan start their bid to host a 2013 Ashes Test in Cardiff on Tuesday, when a delegation from the Welsh county are to present their case.

Chief executive Alan Hamer will lead Glamorgan's deputation at Lord's.

Cardiff was a surprise choice to host the opening Ashes Test of 2009, in which when England held on for a draw.

But Glamorgan lost the right to host a West Indies Test in 2012 after admitting they would be late paying the staging fee for May's Sri Lanka Test.

Paul Russell, the then Glamorgan chairman, had conceded the county had found it difficult to sell tickets for the England v Sri Lanka international and the county had bid over £2m for the right to stage that Test.

Durham and The Oval are the only venues so far confirmed for the 2013 Ashes series.

The Swalec Stadium is to host a one-day international against world champions India on 16 September and is scheduled to host a minimum of one Test, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game before 2016.

And Hamer hopes to lure another Ashes Test back to Cardiff.

"We have submitted a bid to stage another Ashes Test match," he confirmed.

"Clearly like every other Test match venue we are to put forward our case, our strategy and business plan."

The Welsh capital will face strong competition from established Test venues like Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord's - plus Southampton's Rose Bowl - to stage the remaining three matches in the prestigious five-matches Ashes series.

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