Surrey have offered to host a “Thank You Test” against world No 1 team New Zealand in early June and pledged to donate the estimated £3 million profits to help put club cricket back on its feet.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is close to finalising a two-Test series against New Zealand at the start of a busy summer that already includes five Tests against India.

Edgbaston, which is not yet hosting a Test this summer, will almost certainly be a venue for one of the matches, with Surrey bidding to host the other.If successful, it would be the first time the Kia Oval had hosted two Tests in a summer.

Surrey’s bid document was submitted to the ECB on Friday and outlined their plans to brand the match as the “Thank You Test”, with around 2-3,000 tickets every day donated to key workers and NHS staff. Surrey would stage the match at cost price and donate ticket sales, and other match-day revenue, to cricket charities.

The match would mark the opening of the £27 million stand at the Kia Oval, which raises capacity to 28,000. Even if social distancing is in place by June, and capacity is reduced to half, Surrey are still confident they can hit their £3 million target.

“That can be passed on to the cricket network. Cricket clubs that rely heavily on bar profits and subscriptions are on their knees,” Richard Thompson, the Surrey chairman, said. He estimates the county have lost £30 million in revenue during the pandemic.