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Glamorgan bid to stage Finals Day

Glamorgan will bid to stage Twenty20 Cup finals day in 2010.

In just four years Twenty20’s big day out has become one of the showpiece occasions of the domestic cricket calendar.

Two semi-finals and a final are squeezed into one marathon day – with colourful crowds basking in a high-speed orgy of runs and wickets.

This year Edgbaston - scene of Glamorgan’s solitary finals day appearance in 2004 – once again welcomes the four semi-finalists on August 4.

But the ambitious Welsh county plan to follow the likes of Trent Bridge and The Oval in another bold bid to put Cardiff firmly in cricket’s shop window.

“As a matter of prudence our business plan has one blank year in five when it comes to staging international cricket,” said Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell.

“But it doesn’t mean we won’t be looking at other events to host.

“Twenty20 is one of these and we would love to bring the finals to Cardiff.

“We expect to have a blank year in 2010, so it would seem a good idea to do it then.

“You bid for it in exactly the same way as a Test match, and we will go through that process.”

With ticket prices and catering income falling some way short of what can be expected for international cricket – not to mention finalists competing for lucrative prize money – Twenty20 can hardly be described as a cash cow for the host county.

But, though admitting “it is a lot of work for not a lot of financial reward,” Russell is adamant that it is an opportunity not to be missed.

“We have a lot of people who have season tickets, memberships, hospitality and business clubs and they want something to watch,” he said.

“We are under an obligation – and an obligation we accept very readily – to provide that.

“Twenty20 finals is a fantastic day and it’s another event to put Cardiff on the map. It also puts the stadium on the stage again for potential sponsors and business partners.” But, as Glamorgan make their final preparations before the 2007 campaign gets under way on Friday, what price the home side being there should a Cardiff finale come off?

“Wouldn’t it be great to see Glamorgan in a Twenty20 finals day on Welsh soil?” said Russell.

“We’ve got a young side who’ve done well in this competition in the past and there’s no reason why we can’t make an impact again.”

source - icnetwork.co.uk
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