Lord’s and The Oval were the first two confirmed venues for the Twenty20 World Cup in 2009. With two London grounds being used, it gives everyone in the capital the best possible chance of seeing a match. If they’d have only had the one venue inside the M25, it would have been a nightmare for everyone.
Trent Bridge will be the other venue. Steve Elworthy, tournament director of the 2009 tournament, said:
“I am delighted that Trent Bridge joins Lord’s and The Oval as a venue. It gives the tournament a good geographical spread.”
Not at all contradicting the above, Trent Bridge won out over Old Trafford because Old Trafford’s too far away. Apparently the third ground had to be within 120 miles of Lord’s and The Oval.
The previous tournament was played at Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, which are all virtually on top of each other, of course.