Lancashire chairman Jim Cumbes has hit out at the England and Wales Cricket Board for stripping Old Trafford of Test matches.

The Manchester venue will not host a Test until at least 2012 and Cumbes claims the decision has badly affected the North-West of England.

Cumbes is confident the current £32 million redevelopment of Old Trafford will allow Lancashire to compete again with the likes of Headingley, Lord’s and Trent Bridge.

He said: “Hopefully now we can go and press for Test matches again.

“The fact is there are too any Test grounds and not enough Tests. As much as we want Tests back here, there is already too much cricket, so what’s the answer?”

Test matches have been handed to the new-and-improved Rose Bowl and Swalec Stadium which makes the Old Trafford refurbishment even more crucial.

“We have no Tests next year but from 2012 onwards we will look to be back on the iteniary: we’d like to stage an Ashes Test in 2013,” Cumbes added.

“The problem is the ECB are not mindful of the fact the North-West is a big region with a huge cricket following and those people want to see Test stars.”

Posted on 24/07/2010