Sydney's ANZ Stadium to host International Twenty20 matches from 2011-12 season

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Sydney, Mar.31 (ANI): Sydney's ANZ Stadium is to host one international Twenty20 match a year for four years beginning in the 2011/12 season, New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally has announced.

According to a Fox Sports report, a deal has been struck between the state government and Cricket NSW.

It will be the first time in 128 years that international matches in Sydney will be played away from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Four international Twenty20 fixtures will be played at ANZ Stadium, which is expected to attract crowds of up to 80,000 each. In comparison, the SCG has seating capacity of 46,000.

The international clashes at ANZ Stadium could include Australia v India in 2011/12, Australia v South Africa in 2012/13, Australia v England in 2013/14, and Australia v India in 2014/15.

Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert, said holding international Twenty20 games at ANZ Stadium would help further showcase the popular form of the game.

"We look forward to staging exciting, world class cricket in front of local fans, along with the visitors from around the world we expect these matches to attract," he was quoted, as saying. (ANI)

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