The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced its match allocations for 2017 and 2019 which will see the West Indies head to Edgbaston for a Test in 2017, India in 2018 and Australia in an Ashes return in 2019.
In all there will be 28 days of major matches at the stadium over the three-year period.
The ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 will also be played in Birmingham, with Edgbaston set to host five-match packages in both tournaments, which include a prestigious semi-final in both tournaments.
Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “By hosting the final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and successive NatWest T20 Blast Finals Days, Edgbaston and Birmingham have proved that we can host the biggest events in world cricket and these days are set to bring huge economic benefit to the local economy.”
Following this latest boost for all at Edgbaston, in early 2015 the club will bid for the ECB Major Match schedule in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. An announcement about these years will follow in the Spring.
That certainty over fixtures is a major asset to boost commercial income at Edgbaston.
Emma Gray, director of marketing services at Visit Birmingham, the city’s official leisure tourism programme, said: “Birmingham has played host to some memorable sporting occasions in recent years. The ECB’s decision to award Edgbaston Stadium with another 28 days of international cricket is a great coup for the venue and city, providing further invaluable exposure to a global audience.”
Ahead of this latest major match allocation, Edgbaston is set to host seven days of Major Match cricket in both of the next two years.
In 2015 the stadium will host England in an Investec Ashes Test match against Australia, a Royal London ODI versus New Zealand and NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.
In 2016, England will play at Edgbaston in an Investec Test Match versus Pakistan and a Royal London ODI against Sri Lanka, whilst it will again host NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.