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ECB today confirmed a programme of international matches at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground for the 2013-2016 period.

Durham will stage a NatWest Series fixture against Sri Lanka in 2014 and New Zealand in 2015 followed by an Investec Test match against Sri Lanka in 2016. The club will also host an Investec Ashes Test match and a NatWest International T20 against Australia later this summer.

England’s NatWest International T20 against India next year and the NatWest Series fixture against Australia in 2015 have been returned to ECB by Durham CCC. These matches will both be re-awarded to other international venues following a competitive tender process overseen by the ECB’s Major Match Group, which is an independent advisory body.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “Today’s announcement is in line with Durham’s long-term business plan and means that the club will host an optimal number of major matches over the four-year period while allowing the North East region to continue to benefit from regular international cricket.”

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