Sophia Gardens to host tests between 2007 and 2009
, where Bangladesh famously beat Australia last year
, will host test matches starting from next season till the 2009 Ashes.
A committee appointed by the ECB came to the conclusion that the ground was ready to host test cricket
. Cardiff will host its first test against Australia in the 2009 Ashes.
In 2007, West Indies will play at Chester-le-Street, Headingley, Lord’s and Old Trafford while India play at The Oval, Lord’s and Trent Bridge.
In 2008, New Zealand play at Lord’s, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge while South Africa play at The Oval, Edgbaston, Headingley and Lord’s.
In 2009, Zimbabwe, assuming they're still a test team then, play at Lord's. The venue for the second test is undecided. Perhaps the assumption is that by then the ICC will limit test series against Zimbabwe to not exceed one test. The Ashes tests will be played at The Oval, Sophia Gardens, Edgbaston, Headingley and Lord’s.
This means that Old Trafford
and Trent Bridge
will not host Ashes tests in 2009, despite the thrilling games at those venues last year.
I can only assume that West Indies playing four tests when India plays only three is for historic and reciprocity reasons.