Venues revealed for 2023 Ashes series

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Nevertheless, in announcing the news of the chosen grounds the European Central Bank still felt moved to state in its press release that the 70-year-old had recused himself when the independent host venue panel presented its recommendations to the board on Wednesday.

Yorkshire's ground will also be one of the host venues for the new eight-team T20 competition, along with Hampshire's Ageas Bowl - which missed out on an Ashes Test - Lord's, The Oval, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Old Trafford and Cardiff.

The governing body revealed the news on Wednesday, having approved the key venues for all the major domestic and worldwide matches over a five-year period from 2020, subject to contract.

For Twenty20 and one-day internationals, 10 grounds, will stage matches each summer, with the six Test grounds added to by the Ageas Bowl, Cardiff, Bristol and Durham's Riverside.

The 2015 embarrassment. Image Getty
The 2015 embarrassment. Image Getty

As a consolation, Trent Bridge was awarded hosting rights for Test matches in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2024.

Edgbaston will also continue as the exclusive home of T20 Blast finals day, while a significant consolation for Trent Bridge will be that Nottingham becomes the annual venue for the domestic 50-over final from 2020.

After the approval of the recommendations from an independent Host Venue Panel, led by European Central Bank deputy chairman Ian Lovett, a statement said: "They provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience". But the club still secured the Oval as a host venue on top of its worldwide matches.

Edgbaston and Trent Bridge will also host matches for a new T20 competition which begins in two years' time.

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