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18 Nov 2020

Emirates Old Trafford to host two international fixtures in 2021

Emirates Old Trafford is delighted to announce that the venue will host two international fixtures next summer.

Following the ECB’s announcement this morning the home of Lancashire Cricket will welcome Pakistan for an International IT20 on Tuesday 20 July and India for a Test Match on 10-14 September.

It follows on from the venue’s successful hosting of behind-closed-doors, bio-secure cricket this summer, which helped protect the ECB’s £200 million broadcast contract with Sky Sports.

Over the course of the summer, more than 6,000 COVID-19 tests were administered at the venue, with all tests returning negative results. On the back of those fixtures, Emirates Old Trafford launched the Safe in One Place campaign to share the knowledge and best practice gained from creating a bio-secure venue with the wider events industry.

The initiative saw the club share key guidelines for the wider events industry via the Emirates Old Trafford website and host a virtual roundtable with a panel of industry leaders, sharing key learnings from operating venues during the pandemic and discussing the future of the events and hospitality industry.

Emirates Old Trafford looks forward to welcoming back supporters for more major events in 2021. In addition to International and domestic cricket fixtures, next year will see the launch of the new ECB competition, The Hundred, with the Manchester Originals home games set to take place at Emirates Old Trafford. In addition, the venue will welcome American supergroup, The Killers, on Saturday 12 June. 

General admission tickets for both the India Test match and the Pakistan T20 International will be available in the New Year, for further information regarding general sale on-sale dates, hospitality packages and priority tickets, please visit click here for the latest information

Discussing the prospect of India’s return to Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Indian Team back to Emirates Old Trafford for what we hope will be a pivotal Test in the Series. Last summer we were fortunate to host India and Pakistan’s ICC Cricket World Cup fixture and it was one of the best atmospheres our historic venue has ever experienced. We look forward to welcoming supporters back to the venue next year and we are excited to, once again, host the Indian team and its fans, whose passion for cricket is unrivalled.

“In addition to the thrill of hosting two fantastic teams – featuring some of the most exciting players in the game – we are pleased to continue our long-term association with Indian cricket. In February, we staged our pre-season training camp in Mumbai and used the opportunity to deepen our relationships with a range of partners in the country. This activity is aligned with our strategic aim to make Lancashire Cricket the second favourite team for all Indian fans.”

“During 2020, we also made the ground-breaking move to live stream our matches and content from Lancashire TV to Indian audiences via the JioTV online platform, becoming the first English County to do so. We will continue to build strategic relationships that help the Club, and our brand, grow on the subcontinent.”