Essex hope for Olympic deal

  • Last Updated: May 22 2014, 12:56 BST

English county side Essex have agreed in principle to play T20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016.

Olympic Stadium: Essex hope to play T20 matches at the venue
Olympic Stadium: Essex hope to play T20 matches at the venue

Derek Bowden, chief executive of Essex, also revealed county cricket rivals Middlesex and Kent were interested in plans to stage a T20 festival at the east London landmark.

West Ham will use the stadium, built for the London 2012 Games, as their home ground from 2016.

Any decision on whether cricket could also be played at the stadium will require backing from the London Legacy Development Corporation, the organisation responsible for the future use of the Olympic Park.

"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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