Building Partnerships - Successful England teams

Building Partnerships

A successful national team is one of the single most important factors in attracting players, spectators and supporters to any sport. We see the development of successful English teams as critical to the future of cricket.

We will therefore aim to:

Win! Our target is for England teams to come first or second in the ICC Test Championship, the ICC One Day Championship and in the World Cup or Champions Trophy by 2009 at

Successful England teams

Men’s, Senior Women’s and Disability Team levels.

Incentivise Counties to develop England players. Counties will be rewarded for the development of England cricketers and provided with resources to monitor the performance of all England Qualified cricketers in each First Class match by 2006. Those financial incentives will rise to the equivalent of ten per cent of income by 2009.

Invest in the England teams. We will expand investment in England teams, the Academy network, monitoring of England Qualified cricketers and Elite Coach Development. We will increase support resource for all England Teams to 23 per cent of income per year by 2009.

Support our England squad. ECB will establish an England Development Squad of 25 players from which the senior Men’s Test and One Day International teams can be selected.

Successful England teams

We will deliver these successful England teams targets through:

From playground

Cricket in England and Wales will operate world-class identification systems to select players who have the potential to be international cricketers at the earliest possible age and develop those players through world class coaching and support services in world-class facilities.

Delivering successful England teams

Part of this will be the creation of a video library of all England Qualified First Class Cricketers to ensure the highest quality of selection. We will expand the brief of the National Cricket Centre to develop world-class coaches and support staff throughout cricket in England and Wales and maintain world-class facilities at the National Cricket Centre for the delivery of those programmes.

Therefore we will develop Loughborough University into the best National Cricket Centre in the world, servicing the coaching, sports science and sports medicine needs of all England teams.

This strategy demands excellence from Counties in County Academy and Representative Team operations. In return, ECB will incentivise Counties who develop England players.

We will stage the MCC versus the winner of the County Championship and introduce England A matches against the touring teams.

To Test arena

ECB will provide world-class support for all England teams and develop quality support programmes for our players.

Delivering successful England teams

We will continue to employ centrally-contracted England players, coaches and support staff to ensure that England teams are the best prepared in world cricket.

We will develop excellent relationships with the Team England Player Partnership, ensuring that players’ needs are understood and delivered prior to each season. This demands that we negotiate the best possible International programme by balancing the requirements of the England Team, Coach, broadcasters, the commercial interests of ECB and the demands of the ICC.

To succeed in delivering successful England teams, we will build partnerships with stakeholders including the National Cricket Centre, the Team England Player Partnership, the County Boards, the ICC, broadcasters and First Class Counties.