Ashes bid dismissal by Yorkshire Cricket Club

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Yorkshire are set to continue with their policy of not bidding for the right to host Ashes Test matches.

This time last year, club chairman Colin Graves said that the White Rose county would not bid for England v Australia Tests in 2013 and 2015 because he was not prepared to outlay the estimated hosting fee of between £1 million and £2 million.

And that is set to be the same ahead of the Ashes series in 2019, according to financial director Charles Hartwell.

That is not to say, however, that Yorkshire supporters will not get to see Test cricket’s biggest contest on their doorstep in 2019 because Headingley may be allocated a fixture as part of its staging agreement with the ECB.

Headingley is guaranteed to host a Test match every year between 2012 and 2019, with South Africa starting that cycle this summer.

The ECB have also released their home schedule until the end of the 2016 summer, with New Zealand visiting in 2013 and 2015 and Sri Lanka in 2014 and 2016.

Hartwell said: “2019 is when the Ashes Test series next comes back after 2015. The beauty about the staging agreement that we have is that we don’t need to bid for anything if we don’t want to.

“We are paying a certain amount of money for the right to host a Test match, and that fits in with our budgets and our plans.

“If we were to say ‘okay, we’ll give one of those back and bid for the Ashes’, we’d have to pay a huge amount more money. That’s not part of our plans, and it never has been.

“But that’s not to say we won’t get allocated an Ashes Test match in 2019. That may well happen under our staging agreement.”

Yorkshire posted a loss of £460,000 for the financial year of 2011 earlier this week, a much improved figure on the £1.8 million deficit for 2010.

Headingley will also host England one-day internationals against West Indies this year, Australia in 2013, India in 2014, Australia in 2015 and Pakistan in 2016.

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