Durham will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches, including England’s final group game against New Zealand, as the ICC today announced the full schedule for the tournament.
England’s scintillating clash against the Blackcaps is the last of the three matches to be staged at the Riverside on Wednesday, 3 July.
Sri Lanka & South Africa will go head-to-head in the North East on Friday, 28 June and the Sri Lankans return three days later on Monday, 1 July when they play South Africa.
David Harker, Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club said: “We are excited to be hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup at the Riverside. We are looking forward to welcoming fans from across the World as well as the England, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka teams”
“We are delighted to be hosting another major England game in Durham. The competition will provide an excellent showcase of cricket at the highest level with some of the World’s best players on show.”
“The games will provide a world class entertainment experience for cricket fans, sports fans and family days out. The competition will once again provide global coverage for Chester-Le-Street, Durham and the wider region.”
England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they will take on South Africa, while Australia will launch their title defence on 1 June against the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol.
Eleven world-class venues will be used in the 46-day tournament in which each side will play the other once in a single-league format with the top four sides after 45 matches progressing to the semi-finals.
‘We are extremely proud to be a host county for next year’s Cricket World Cup, with three games here in Durham,” said Cllr Simon Henig, Leader DCC.
“Events such as this put our whole region on the sporting map, and we can’t wait to be part of the celebrations next summer.”
Michelle Gorman, managing director at Visit County Durham, added: “We’re delighted that Durham has been chosen a host city for three games in next year’s Cricket World Cup.
“Being part of such a notable global event will raise our profile as a world-class sporting county and in turn will no doubt have a significant and positive impact on our visitor economy”
Stokes will lead the XI in the absence of regular captain Joe Root, who will be on paternity leave.
The 22-year-old is bidding for a Test debut against England.
The West Indies all-rounder could only make five in their second intra-squad match.
The star all-rounder will take charge for the opening Test against the West Indies.
Holder was dismissed for only five off 13 balls.
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.