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ECB unveils new £1m scholarship scheme

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The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced details of a new £1 million scheme designed to develop the best young talent nationwide.

Known as the ECB scholarship programme, the four-year scheme will for the first time provide central funding for leading youngsters to play club and grade cricket overseas.

There are two age-groups within the scheme: 16-18-year-olds and 19-21-year-olds. Those selected in the first group will be amalgamated onto the same programme as the England Under-18s and will undertake various training programmes over the course of the winter. The latter group will be given the opportunity to play grade cricket or attend academies in Australia.

John Abrahams, ECB elite player development manager, said: "One of the areas England Under-19s coach Andy Pick and I are keen to address is teaching players to make good decisions and perform well under pressure. If they wish to be successful now and in the future, working towards becoming the world's best, attending this programme will contribute to that development.”

Mike Gatting, ECB managing director - cricket partnerships added: "This is an excellent initiative. Certainly those players going to Australia to play grade cricket and receive coaching within Australian academies will find it extremely beneficial.

"I had three years in Sydney playing grade cricket and it was really the best finishing school that any cricketer could want and over the next four years we expect that a significant number of young players will benefit from the scheme."

16-18 age group:

Name

County

Rishabh Shah

Essex

Luke Perry

Lancashire

Jacob Ball

Nottinghamshire

Muhunthan Harinath

Surrey

Ateeq Javid

Warwickshire

Azeem Rafiq

Yorkshire

Programme:

Monday 27 October - Friday 7 November: performance under pressure camp.
Wednesday 17 December - Friday 19 December: review and assessment of learning and development
Wednesday 7 January - Friday 9 January: performance under pressure physical training camp
Sunday 15 February - Monday 2 March: cricket camp in India
Wednesday 1 April - Friday 3 April: review, assessment, goal setting

19-21 age group:

Name

County

Destination

John Sadler

Derbyshire

Perth

Luke Evans

Durham

Perth

Merv Westfield

Essex

Adelaide

Ian Saxelby

Gloucestershire

Adelaide

Tom Maynard

Glamorgan

Perth

Chris Morgan

Hampshire

Perth

Charlie Humphrey

Kent

Brisbane

Karl Brown

Lancashire

Adelaide

Sam Cliff

Leicestershire

Perth

Adam London

Middlesex

Adelaide

Mark Nelson

Northamptonshire

Perth

Luke Fletcher

Nottinghamshire

Adelaide

Craig Kieswetter

Somerset

Perth

Stewart Meaker

Surrey

Sydney

William Beer

Sussex

Tasmania

Ben Brown

Sussex

Tasmania

Stef Piolet

Warwickshire

Adelaide

Adam Lyth

Yorkshire

Adelaide

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