Glamorgan putting Cardiff on map says Champions Trophy director

Swalec Stadium

The director of the ICC Champions Trophy cricket tournament believes Glamorgan's Swalec Stadium is now considered as one of Britain's best cricket grounds.

Cardiff has been chosen as one of three grounds for next summer's tournament.

Glamorgan's home will host five matches in June 2013 and director Steve Elsworthy says the stadium has shown it can stage events of worldwide interest.

"They [Glamorgan] themselves want to put Wales on the map," he said.

"The golf [Ryder Cup] has been down there and the Millennium Stadium is just around the corner and the cricket is certainly part of that package. We are very excited about that.

"They [Glamorgan] have hosted the Ashes and what they have done in terms of staging events has been incredible.

"The tournament will have a massive global audience. It will give them [Glamorgan] a global reach."

Cardiff will host the opening game of next season's Champions Trophy between holders India and South Africa on 6 June.

The Swalec Stadium's five fixtures include England's match against New Zealand and a semi-final match.

Glamorgan will host the games instead of a Test match between England and New Zealand, after swapping the fixtures with Lord's.

The event features the eight highest-ranked one day international teams with other games being staged at Edgbaston and The Oval.

Champions Trophy 2013 games in Cardiff:

6 June: India v South Africa

9 June: Sri Lanka L v New Zealand

14 June: West Indies v South Africa

16 June: England v New Zealand

20 June: Semi-final