ECB confirm two extra Twenty20s
The England & Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that it will be staging two extra Twenty20 fixtures against West Indies at The Oval in September, in order to fulfil their contractual obligations to Sky following the demise of the Stanford Super Series.
The matches, which were first proposed in June, will take place on Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 25, with the first starting at 6.15pm and the second at 6.30pm - a week after the conclusion of the fifth and final ODI against India.
Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said: "Surrey CCC is really pleased to be able to host these games at the Kia Oval in what will be a colourful and exciting end to the international summer.
"We want both games to be played in a friendly party atmosphere with a large turn-out from local residents in Lambeth and London, which is why tickets have been priced from only £25, with under-16s tickets on sale for £1."
England's players were understood to be angered by the addition to their summer's workload, especially in light of Andy Flower's pre-season plea for more consultation over itineraries. However, the only player who is sure to be involved at this stage is the Twenty20 captain, Stuart Broad, with many senior players expected to be rested ahead of the winter tour to India in October.
The matches were squeezed into the schedule because the ECB has already budgeted for the £360million it receives in TV revenue from Sky, and is unable to repay the money owed for failing to deliver the Stanford tournament. The West Indies matches are likely to be an annual event until the broadcasting rights deal expires in 2013.