HAMPSHIRE HOPE TO HOST WORLD CUP GAMES

Rod Bransgrove, chairman of Hampshire, hopes the club's Ageas Bowl will host matches at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The ground is currently undergoing a £38.5m renovation and Bransgrove is setting out for it to be selected as one of the 10 World Cup venues by the England and Wales Cricket Board when they enter into staging agreements once this month's Champions Trophy comes to an end.

"We've set out to be recognised for every major competition in the future and the future World Cup in 2019 is one of those competitions," he said.

The redevelopment of the stadium includes the erection of a four-star hotel, alongside a new media centre and conferencing and hospitality facilities.

England are due to play a Test match against India at the Bowl in 2014, by which time the revamp is expected to be completed.

Hampshire's old ground at Northlands Road in Southampton staged two matches in the last World Cup that England hosted, in 1999.

Posted on 05/06/2013