Essex planning to play T20 cricket at London Olympic Stadium from 2016

"In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016"

“In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016”

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Essex are planning to start playing Twenty20 cricket at London’s Olympic Stadium from 2016 onwards.

Essex’s chief executive Derek Bowden also revealed that Middlesex and Kent are interested in plans to hold a Twenty20 festival at the venue.

English football side West Ham United will also be using the stadium as their home ground from 2016 onwards.

However, before Essex can put any of their plans into action, they will need support from the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is the organisation responsible for deciding who gets to use the Olympic Stadium in the future. 

“In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016,” Bowden said. “Ourselves, Kent and Middlesex have all expressed interest in playing there.

“London Legacy and the England and Wales Cricket Board are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer.”

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