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ECB approves Morgan Review principles

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The principles of the Morgan Review, which included a wide variety of recommendations and proposals, including basing domestic scheduling on an ‘appointment to view’, were today approved by the ECB Board.

Giles Clarke, ECB chairman, commented: “Cricket has a unique opportunity to capitalise on its enviable financial strength from recently-secured long-term commercial partnerships.

“Whilst many of the recommendations will be implemented immediately, it is important that thorough consumer research and financial analysis is carried out on the detailed strategy to ensure that we have a balanced domestic playing programme which suits the lifestyles of the modern consumer and allows for the production of outstanding players with international potential participating in vibrant domestic competitions.”

In addition, the chief executive David Collier and newly-appointed managing director of the professional game, Gordon Hollins, have been tasked by the board with producing a robust financial plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the game and its stakeholders from grassroots cricket to the Test Match arena.

The ECB board received the Woolf report and welcomed the introduction of an ICC board chairman and the creation of the role of a ceremonial president.

The ECB board also noted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the future tours program (FTP) through to 2019 and supports the vision of the ICC as the global regulator operating in co-operation with its members.

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