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Ireland hope to avoid falling victim to slimmed down Cricket World Cup | The Spin

In March 10 sides will fight for two remaining places at the 2019 tournament and in-form Ireland face a tough battle to qualifyOn Thursday, Ireland play a Northerns/Easterns XI in Pretoria. This is the opening skirmish in a battle of the utmost importa…

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England’s largest cricket crowd could fill London Stadium at World Cup

• Deal to stage two 2019 ICC World Cup games close to being secured
• ECB looks set to ratify plans for new, eight-team T20 tournament

A deal to stage World Cup matches at the London Stadium, potentially creating the biggest crowd in England in the modern history of the sport, is close to being secured as part of a wider push to popularise the game with new, younger audiences.

As exclusively revealed in the Guardian in December, the ECB is understood to be hopeful of staging two separate matches at the former Olympic Stadium during the next ICC World Cup, taking place in England and Wales in 2019. One of the fixtures will feature England and could be watched by a crowd of 66,000, more than double the capacity of Lord’s.

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ECB considering using Olympic Stadium to host 2019 Cricket World Cup games

• 60,000-capacity London venue is tempting for tournament organisers
• Counties likely to be angered by move away from regular venues

The Olympic Stadium is being seriously considered as a venue for the 2019 Cricket World Cup as part of plans to use the tournament to grow the sport’s appeal. It is also being considered as a venue for the opening ceremony of the competition.

The England and Wales Cricket Board believes that awarding World Cup games to the London Stadium, as it is now known, could help to introduce a new generation of fans to the sport, as well as servicing the huge interest in some matches. Demand for the India-Pakistan fixture in next year’s Champions Trophy, which is being played at Edgbaston, was such that the ECB believes the game could have been sold out eight times over.

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