SOPHIA GARDENS will kick-off England's 2019 international summer with Pakistan heading to Wales.

The home of Glamorgan is set to stage the international T20 clash between England and Pakistan on Sunday, May 5.

Glamorgan chief executive, Hugh Morris, said: “It’s fantastic to see Sophia Gardens open the 2019 England summer international calendar after a sell out international programme in 2018.

“Both the Australia ODI and India IT20 were huge successes and showed a real thirst for international cricket in Wales, which we hope will continue into next year."

A five-match one-day series with Pakistan follows the IT20 in Cardiff as both teams prepare for the World Cup, before England and Ireland meet in an historic four-day Test at Lord's.

That Test will provide England with some valuable practice ahead of the Ashes, which start at Edgbaston on Thursday, August 1 and are scheduled to finish at The Oval on Monday, September 16.

ECB CEO Tom Harrison, said: “Next summer’s schedule – with an World Cup and an Ashes Series at its heart is truly a season to savour for cricket fans of all ages, nationalities and cultures.

"It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to build an even bigger following for all formats of the game.