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Headingley awarded Pakistan v Australia Test

— 11 September 2009

Headingley Carnegie will host one of two neutral Test Matches between Pakistan and Australia in 2010.

Headingley Carnegie will host one of two neutral Test Matches between Pakistan and Australia in 2010.

The ECB yesterday adopted the recommendations of the Independent Major Match Group to award the two npower Test matches against Bangladesh to Old Trafford, Manchester and Lord’s next summer. Headingley Carnegie will now, along with Lord’s, host the neutral Test matches between Pakistan and Australia. The Pakistan v Australia International Twenty20s will both be at Edgbaston while Cardiff will host the two International Twenty20 matches between England and Pakistan.

At a launch conference at Headingley Carnegie today, Yorkshire Chief Executive was joined by a number of key partners in the bid for the Test Match including Welcome to Yorkshire, Marketing Leeds, Bradford City Council, Leeds City Council and also Gerry Sutcliffe, the Minister for Sport. Ajaz Ahmad was present as a businessman who will act as an ambassador for the project, forging links between various community groups and so was Yorkshire player Ajmal Shahzad who was the first Yorkshire born Asian to represent the county.

Stewart Regan said: “It is fantastic news for the Club. We have made huge strides forward in recent years in our attempts to engage with the large Asian population in Yorkshire and we see this as a real way of reinforcing and driving forward that work. To attract a game of this stature to Yorkshire is a huge plus and we are looking forward to staging a fantastic Test Match next July.”

Ajmal Shahzad who was man of the match in last night’s NatWest Pro40 victory over Gloucestershire Gladiators also expressed his excitement at Pakistan using Headingley Carnegie as a home from home. Ajmal said: “I know that Pakistani communities will be excited at today’s announcement. To see Pakistan play here against Australia will be tremendous and I hope it inspires Asian youngsters to come along, get excited by cricket and ultimately inspire a few to play for Yorkshire in the future.”