Club News

24 August 1999

The redeveloped Sophia Gardens ground will not be staging any one-day internationals next season. The Cardiff venue was under consideration for the triangular series between England, Zimbabwe and the West Indies, but following a meeting of the First Class Forum yesterday, Bristol, Canterbury and Chester-le-Street have been allocated fixtures for 2000.

The Forum wanted to take limited overs internationals to a new venue in the west of the country, and Bristol won the vote over Sophia Gardens, although the ECB have not ruled out the possibility of Cardiff hosting a match in 2001. "We are keen to introduce international cricket around the country, " said Richard Peel, the ECB's Director of Corporate Affairs. "Cardiff has missed out this time, but it is not out of the picture. This decision does not mean that Cardiff doesn't have an international future."

Glamorgan secretary Mike Fatkin said, "We're a little bit disappointed to miss out, especially as we believe we possess the necessary organisational skills and could sell-out any game. It probably counted against us that there were one or two too many counties pitching for games this time. But we are led to believe we are under serious consideration for games in 2001 when Australia and Pakistan will join England in a three team tournament."