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Likely reprieve for Windies

MECCA: Lord’s

THE WEST Indies are now likely to play a Test at Lord's in 2012. Cardiff's future as a Test venue is under scrutiny after the ECB announced it had lost the right to host one of next year's three Tests against West Indies.

The match has instead been put back out to tender, and will be open to bids from the other eight Test-playing venues, although Lord's is the likeliest host.

The decision came after Glamorgan succumbed to cashflow problems in the wake of this year's disastrous first Test against Sri Lanka, which was dogged by rain and spectator apathy.

Only 922 spectators witnessed England's unexpected victory on the final afternoon, despite the offer of free entry.
Had Cardiff remained the host venue, West Indies would have become the first touring team since Sri Lanka in 1998 to be denied a Test at Lord's.

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