The International Cricket Council in negotiations for the 60,000-seat venue to be among the tournament’s 12 venues. A sell out of the new home of West Ham United would be expected for a match featuring England against another top nation, likely Australia, and would double the 30,000 capacity of Lord’s, the UK’s largest cricket ground.
“It would be an amazing statement to have 55,000 to 60,000 people in a ground in the UK watching ICC World Cup 2019 Live Streaming,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said.
A second match would likely be another group match between two powerhouses, potentially India and Pakistan, who have huge followings in the UK. Because the stadium was originally built for athletics – for which it is still re-converted for events such as the Anniversary Games and the upcoming World Championships – has the right dimensions for cricket, the move would require the installation of a drop-in wicket.
The temporary pitches are routinely used at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and in New Zealand, which T20 Big Bash matches in Australia are played at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium with drop-in wickets. However, the wicket is said by rule the stadium out of hosting the tournament’s opening ceremony. Harrison’s comments come as part of a series of innovations planned for cricket in England that will aim to attract more young players to the game.
Oval Cricket Ground
The Oval, sometimes referred to as the Kia Oval due to commercial sponsorship, is an international cricket ground at Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, south London.
- Address: Kennington, London SE11 5SS, United Kingdom
- Capacity: 23,500
Lords Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground, generally known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue in St John’s Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club and is the home of Middlesex
- Address: Saint John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN, United Kingdom
- Capacity: 28,000
Edgbaston Cricket Ground
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, also known as the County Ground or Edgbaston Stadium, is a cricket ground in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England.
- Address: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 7QU, United Kingdom
- Capacity: 25,000
Bristol Cricket ground
The County Cricket Ground is a cricket venue in Bristol, England. It is in the district of Ashley Down. The ground is home to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.
- Address: Bristol, United Kingdom
- Capacity to 17,500 seats
Bath Cricket Club Ground
Bath Cricket Club Ground is a cricket ground in Bath, Somerset. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1944, when Bath played London Counties. In 1960 and 1963, the ground held Somerset Second XI matches in the Minor Counties Championship.
Address: Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom
Riverside Cricket Ground
The home of Durham County Cricket Club and venue for occasional England 1-day matches and Tests.
Address: Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham DH3 3QR, United Kingdom
Leeds Cricket Ground
Headingley Stadium is a sporting complex in the suburb of Headingley in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is the home ofYorkshire County Cricket Club.
Nottingham Cricket ground
Large sporting ground seating 15,000, featuring a state-of-the-art roof, squash courts and library.
Address: Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire NG2 6AG, United Kingdom
Chelmsford Cricket ground
The Essex County Ground, is a cricket venue in Chelmsford, Essex, England. It has been home to Essex County Cricket Club since 1967. Chelmsford is a small ground, and therefore suits big-hitting batsmen.
Southampton cricket ground
The County Ground in Southampton, England is a former cricket and football ground. It was the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club from the 1885 English cricket season until.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Old Trafford, known for sponsorship reasons as Emirates Old Trafford, is a cricket ground in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.
Lancashire County Cricket Club, Talbot Road, Manchester M16 0PX, United Kingdom