England news July 21, 2011

Lord's awarded 2012 West Indies Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lord's have been awarded the 2012 Test against West Indies, which was put back out to tender after Glamorgan revealed they wouldn't be able to make their payments for this year's Sri Lanka Test.

Glamorgan have struggled financially since becoming a Test venue when they hosted Australia in 2009, having bid huge sums for their matches before the global economic downturn hit. The initial decision not to hand Lord's a Test in the first series of next summer had sparked controversy and the ground was always the favourite to win the vacant tender.

The Test against Sri Lanka earlier this season was poorly attended, with just 922 in the ground to witness England's unexpected final-session victory dash as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 82, although the club weren't helped by poor weather throughout the game.

"I am personally delighted by this decision, which will be welcomed by members of MCC, other cricket followers and, I am sure, the cricketers themselves," Keith Bradshaw, the MCC chief executive, said. "While the club supports all formats of the game, it is Test cricket that remains the pinnacle of our sport."

Lord's is currently hosting the 2000th Test as England face India in the first match of their series, which is also the 100th game between the two teams.

The dates for the West Indies tour will be announced later this year, but it is scheduled to take place in May and June consisting of three Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20.

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