The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket, will welcome the international matches between England Men and Pakistan this Summer behind-closed-doors.
Emirates Old Trafford, which is also welcoming the West Indies next week for the second and third Test matches against England Men, will be the venue for a further four internationals.
These contests include the first of a three-match Test series between England Men and Pakistan in the first week of August, followed by all three Vitality International T20 matches between the two sides beginning later in the same month.
And the home of the Red Rose is no stranger to international matches, hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Specsavers Ashes Test series in 2019, both events having a massive influence on Lancashire recording their highest ever annual turnover last year.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire Cricket, said: “We’re delighted to have been named as a host venue for another four internationals between England and Pakistan, all of which will take place at Emirates Old Trafford in August and September.
“We are one of the first venues in the UK to be hosting international sport and it is something that we are all very proud to be a part of. We have been working closely with the ECB to ensure that as a venue we are doing everything we can to facilitate the teams, staff, broadcasters and media in the safest possible environment and in doing so meeting the ever-changing international and Government guidelines.
“These fixtures are testament to the team at Emirates Old Trafford, who have been working tirelessly to ensure that the venue is as secure as possible for all those on-site.
“We’ve had some incredibly positive feedback so far from both the West Indies Cricket Board and the ECB for the work carried out over the past two months and I’m extremely confident that we will continue to deliver these additional internationals to the highest standard possible when Pakistan visit.”
And ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison, added: “It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.
“Sports fans across the world will benefit as international cricket returns to our screens while it will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we aim to withstand the challenges in front of us.
“Chief amongst our priorities is to build on our commitment to support and grow women’s cricket and at the elite level discussions continue to progress to determine the best and safest way to host a tri-series against India and South Africa.
“We also continue to explore options for our England Men to play white-ball series against Australia this summer and hope to have news on those series soon.”
The schedule for the upcoming internationals can be found below:
1st Test v Pakistan: 5-9 August at Emirates Old Trafford
2nd Test v Pakistan: 13-17 August at Ageas Bowl
3rd Test v Pakistan: 21-25 August at Ageas Bowl
Vitality IT20 Series:
1st IT20 v Pakistan: Friday 28 August at Emirates Old Trafford (6.00pm start)
2nd IT20 v Pakistan: Sunday 30 August at Emirates Old Trafford (2.30pm start)
3rd IT20 v Pakistan: Tuesday 1 September at Emirates Old Trafford (6.00pm start)