Following discussions with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Edgbaston has agreed to step in and host the postponed fifth LV= Insurance men’s Test match due to the unavailability of its original venue, from Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 July.
As a result, the need to accommodate the India Test Match has had a knock-on effect to Edgbaston’s schedule:
- The scheduled ODI between England and India at Edgbaston on Saturday 9 July will now be played as an IT20, start time to be confirmed.
- The Test match between England and South Africa in 2022 will now be held at Emirates Old Trafford.
Chief Executive, Stuart Cain said: “Following extensive discussions with the ECB, Emirates Old Trafford and BCCI, it was clear that the only way this Test could be played in the window available was if it moved to Edgbaston, so this is the right thing to do for the game.
“It means that the finale of what’s already been a pulsating Test series will be held in Birmingham which is a great opportunity for the city to host another global sporting event.
“This decision wasn’t taken lightly, and we know that there will be some cricket fans disappointed by the fact that South Africa will no longer be coming to the city, but we will welcome them with open arms in future years.”