As international cricket returned after the 2020 lockdown; Hampshire Cricket found itself in the spotlight of the English summer as they hosted Ireland, Australia, West Indies and Pakistan in multiple series as the entire schedule remained unchanged for the National Cricket Board. Alongside Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, the Ageas Bowl provided a Covid-19 secure bubble for both teams using onsite facilities; hosting three test matches, three one day internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty-20 (T20s) matches alongside many Bob Willis Championship fixtures behind closed doors.
This successful summer at the Ageas Bowl of hosting both international and domestic fixtures safely with Covid-19 regulations has landed them another showcase this summer with the International Cricket Test Championship due to be held at the Ground. Heavyweights India and New Zealand will face-off between 18th and 22nd June 2021 at the home of Hampshire Cricket, the first ever final of its type following the inaugural launch of the championship back in 2019 after the ODIs World Cup. Players such as Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will be staying in the onsite hotel facilities in Covid-19 bubbles, ensuring the game should go ahead as scheduled despite rising cases in India.
England will also play Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl on June 26th, with this Twenty-20 international match proving critical in preparations for the World Cup starting in October this year. This match is due to start at 2.30pm and limited fan numbers will be permitted to attend according to the Government roadmaps out of lockdown. Anybody interested in attending this T20 or the Test Championship Final should register their interest by visiting Buy Tickets | Hampshire Cricket & England | The Ageas Bowl, which also includes details about Hampshire’s domestic schedule for multiple competitions.