LONDON (AFP) - The England and Wales Cricket Board have been told to take a closer look at potential international venues before deciding where to play matches following an investigation into the Twenty20 fiasco against Australia at Old Trafford earlier this month. The decision to abandon the match without a ball being bowled, primarily due to a wet patch on the bowlers' approach at the Brian Statham end of the ground, sparked a storm of criticism. Heavy rain had fallen in the build-up to the September 1 match but the weather had cleared by the time play was due to start, yet umpires Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong deemed the playing area unfit for international cricket. Part of the problem was that the square is being turned around in time for the 2011 season and drainage work done last winter did not include the entire outfield. Old Trafford had already been denied an Ashes Test this year and an extensive inquiry into the shambles has led to a recommendation that drainage facilities and permanent floodlights should play a more significant part in the criteria for being awarded international fixtures from 2011. David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said: "We are bitterly disappointed for the 17,000 spectators who had spent time and money attending the match and aim to do everything in our powers to ensure play whenever possible. "The board have received a series of recommendations which they will now progress - including the suggestion that drainage facilities and permanent floodlights for matches awarded from 2011 become a significant part of the balanced scorecard used when the major match group award such matches." The ECB are now to recommend a new match protocol for international Twenty20 to the ICC as a matter of urgency. The report makes further recommendations, including that Twenty20 can be rescheduled if a venue is available and that team captains can agree changes to the rules to allow play to go ahead.