PM meets Connor and Brindle
Prime Minister David Cameron met England women’s cricketer Arran Brindle and ECB's Head of Women's Cricket Clare Connor in Mumbai yesterday following the ICC Women's World Cup which came to a close on Sunday.
Arran Brindle said: “It is a huge honour to have met the Prime Minister in this cricket-mad country, and his presence reflects the recognition that women’s cricket is earning in England. It is really exciting for the future of our sport.”
Connor, who is also the Chairwoman of the ICC Women's Committee, said: “Women’s cricket is going from strength to strength and it’s terrific that the Prime Minister takes a personal interest in the sport and was prepared to make time in his busy schedule to hear first-hand about the opportunities that now exist worldwide for women and girls to play the game.
“Whilst we were naturally disappointed that England did not make the final, the overall standard of competition in this tournament was excellent and a fantastic advertisement for the international women’s game as a whole.”
“The challenge now for all national governing bodies around the world is to build on the tournament’s success. ECB has been at the forefront of efforts to promote the women’s game - doubling our investment in the rewards available to international players and introducing a network of specialist coaches for the England women’s team and England women’s academy.”
“We have also created more opportunities than ever before for women and girls to play the game at recreational level - with 160,000 girls playing cricket in schools last year and more than 550 clubs now including a women’s section – a six-fold increase compared with 10 years ago. But with continued investment in facilities and coaching and increased media exposure, we believe participation levels can continue to rise even further.”
ECB Chief Executive David Collier added: “We are grateful for the continued support of the Prime Minister, and I’m delighted that he could meet Arran and Clare to discuss women's cricket.
“The Women’s World Cup was full of fantastic and entertaining cricket, and I have no doubt that girls and women all around the world will have been inspired by what they’ve seen.
“The England women’s team has achieved an extraordinary level of success in recent years, and whilst we were undoubtedly disappointed not to reach the final – the team should be proud of their record and the example they continue to set to female players. Our commitment to expanding the women’s game in this country is clear, and with the Women’s Ashes in the summer, we have yet another wonderful opportunity to inspire even more women and girls to get involved in the sport.”