England news July 22, 2009

Glamorgan bid for England Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Glamorgan are aiming to stage a Twenty20 between England and Pakistan next year after putting Cardiff forward as a hosting venue. Sophia Gardens has already been granted a 50-over game between England and Australia in 2010, but the county is eying further international action with Pakistan and Australia scheduled for two Twenty20s in England next July.

"There are two England-Pakistan Twenty20 games up for grabs and we will be having a chunky attempt at gaining one of those games to supplement our England-Australia one-day international," said Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell.

Russell said Glamorgan will not bid for one of the Tests due to security concerns. "We don't think we would stand a chance against grounds like Edgbaston and Headingley," said Russell. "Those grounds are basically guaranteed sell-outs because of the ethnic populations present in Birmingham and Leeds."

Sophia Gardens held its first Test in July, the opening match of the Ashes series, despite it only having a capacity of 15,600. Russell confirmed that Glamorgan would bid for a 2013 Ashes repeat in October.