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Each venue will host four group matches a year.

London venues Lord's and The Oval, Old Trafford (Manchester), Headingley (Leeds), Edgbaston (Birmingham), Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) and the Ageas Bowl (Southampton) have all been selected as host grounds.

The eight venues that will stage matches in the new English domestic Twenty20 competition to run from 2020 have been confirmed.

The final of the 50-over One-Day Cup has also been moved from Lord's to Trent Bridge for the five-year period.

The host venues for the ECB's Twenty20 competition, which is as yet unnamed and will feature eight newly created teams from 2020 onwards, offered few surprises given the capacities involved and geographical spread.

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Confirmation of the hosts for the ECB's much-vaunted new Twenty20 domestic competition will also be keenly anticipated.

Hampshire's headquarters was touted as a likely double victor in the ECB's announcement of its major match allocation for five years from 2020 to 2024.

"Today's discussion and decision followed a rigorous, comprehensive and detailed process by the independent Host Venue Panel, in which they assessed a range of high quality submissions and presentations", Ian Lovett, deputy chairman of the European Central Bank and chair of the panel, said.

Surrey were vocal critics of the new Twenty20 competition before the counties, promised £1.3m from its revenues each per season, voted it through previous year. To help to assess the submissions a balanced scorecard was used, with key aspects up-weighted to meet the needs of each specific set of matches.

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