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West Indies regain Lord’s Test

MECCA OF CRICKET: Lord's will host the West Indies next year

WEST INDIES cricket fans will be able to see their team play at the Mecca of cricket next year after all. Lord's has been chosen to replace Cardiff as the venue for one of the three Test matches between England and West Indies in 2012.

The England and Wales Cricket Board made the decision after Glamorgan said they would be late paying the fee they owe for hosting May's Sri Lanka Test.

The county is believed to have suffered a loss of £1.5m after the first Test heavily was affected by rain. Next year's match will be the twentieth at Lord's between England and West Indies.

MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw said in a statement: "Lord's had made a successful bid to host one of the three scheduled tests."


WEST INDIES CAPTAIN: Darren Sammy

Lord's was at risk of losing a Test against West Indies because it was outbid, even though figures quoted by Glamorgan's chairman, Paul Russell, have now indicated that the Lord's bid must have been at least £400,000 higher.

Critics of the decision say that to award a West Indies Test to Cardiff, seemingly in defiance of the clearly stated tendering policy at the time, would have robbed the first-class counties of revenue at a time when many are under severe financial pressure, as well as alienate West Indies, who are captained by Darren Sammy.

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