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About the England and Wales Cricket Board

The England and Wales Cricket Board was established on January 1, 1997 as the single national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales.

It has its headquarters at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The formation of the ECB was the culmination of a drive towards creating, for the first time, one unified body responsible for the management and development of every form of cricket for men and women.

This included clubs, schools, juniors and youth, disabilities cricket, representative, first class and international cricket - the whole game from playground to the Test arena.

The ECB took over the responsibilities carried out for some 30 years by the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), the National Cricket Association (NCA) and the Cricket Council, all of which ceased to exist.

In April 1998 the Women’s Cricket Association (WCA) was also integrated into the organisation.

The formation of the ECB followed two years of research into how cricket in England and Wales could be better organised to attract more players to the game, raise standards at all levels and promote cricket as a spectator sport.

The ECB structure

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the ECB rests with the executive management team who report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, with each enjoying a high degree of functional delegated authority.

The CEO, in turn, reports to the Chairman of the ECB Board. 

An Executive committee chaired by the CEO  is responsible for delivering the ECB’s strategic plans and three other committees (Cricket, Audit, Risk and Governance, and Regulatory) are actively responsible for working with the senior management team on policy, planning and strategic issues - plus also at an arm’s length, the Cricket Disciplinary Committee.

The Board is comprised of a Chair, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, three Independent Non-Executive Directors, five Cricket Non-Executive Directors, the CEO and the CFO.

ECB Management Board  

List of Directors:

  • Colin Graves - Chair
  • Lord Kamlesh Patel - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Jane Stichbury - Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Delia Bushell - Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Brenda Trenowden - Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Lucy Pearson - Cricket Non-Executive Director
  • Jim Wood - Cricket Non-Executive Director
  • Martin Darlow - Cricket Non-Executive Director
  • Barry O'Brien - Cricket Non-Executive Director
  • Alan Dickinson - Cricket Non-Executive Director
  • Tom Harrison - ECB Chief Executive Officer
  • Scott Smith - ECB Chief Financial Officer

Members of the ECB

The 41 members of the ECB are:

The Chairmen of the 18 First-Class Counties

The Chairmen of the 21 County Boards in Non-First Class Counties

The Chairman of the MCC

The Chairman of the Minor Counties Cricket Association

Summary of Constitutional Changes 2015

Cricket Unleashed

The ECB’s current strategic framework is called Cricket Unleashed. It is ECB’s game-wide strategy to the end of 2019 and was created through extensive research and consultation across the game. To learn more about Cricket Unleashed, click here.

Annual Review

You can find out more about our recent activity in our 2017-18 Annual Review - “A year to celebrate” - and our financial statements.

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