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4th December 2008

West Indies confirmed as Test opposition

The West Indies will play two npower Test Matches from May 6-10, 2009 at Lords and from May 14 -18, 2009 at Chester-le-Street .

Members priority booking period for Riverside Test Match tickets will run from 9.00am on Monday 8th December through to Friday 19th December. All remaining tickets for the West Indies npower Test Match will go on general sale from 9.00am on Friday 19th December from the Box Office on 0844 499 4466 or online at

There will be three NatWest One Day Internationals to be played on May 21 at Headingley, May 24 at Bristol and May 26 at Edgbaston .

ECB Chief Executive David Collier commented : ‘ECB is delighted that the West Indies will replace Zimbabwe for the 2009 tour to England and Wales . The West Indies are always popular visitors and this completes a wonderful summer of cricket which also includes the  npower  Ashes Series and the World Twenty20 .

ECB is most grateful for the excellent support and co-operation provided by the West Indies Board with whom we have developed an excellent and warm relationship. We greatly look forward to welcoming the West Indies Team, their officials and supporters next summer.’

The ECB will now consider the options for the summer of 2010 when West Indies were originally scheduled to tour.