Four-Day Cricket For Liverpool, Southport & Blackpool
Liverpool, Southport and Blackpool will host Lancashire in next year's County Championship as Old Trafford will continue to undergo redevelopment, which includes turning the square through 90 degrees.
The majority of four-day matches will be played at outgrounds, with Liverpool set to host more than half of the matches with Southport and Blackpool staging at least one game apiece.
England's One-Day International fixture against Sri Lanka and the Twenty20 International against India will still be played at Old Trafford, however.
“Following a lengthy consultation process with potential out grounds, and looking at their facilities and ambitions to host county cricket, it has been decided that LCCC will play some of our cricket in Liverpool, Blackpool and Southport," Director of Cricket Mike Watkinson said.
“It should be noted that Westhoughton, with a new ground and excellent facilities, were strong and serious contenders. However, the wicket needs more time to establish itself for four-day cricket and they may receive consideration for a one-day game.”
The first stage of development at Old Trafford is already complete, with 'The Point', an all-new conference and events venue which overlooks the ground and was officially opened by Andrew Flintoff during the 2010 season.
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