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Cricket and COVID-19: your questions answered

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Cricket and COVID-19: your questions answered

The health and safety of everyone involved in cricket is the ECB's top priority

On this page we have brought together all of your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on every area of our game.

We will continue to update this article over the coming days and weeks. 

Recreational game

What is happening to the club season?

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is delighted that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England to return from Saturday 11 July.

The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.

ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.

Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and published early this week.

The UK Government's announcement pertaining to recreational cricket applies at this time to England only. Guidelines specifically relating to Wales can be found here

Will the ECB support grassroots clubs as the season has been delayed?

It is the ECB’s responsibility to protect the whole game’s future during a period of extreme financial uncertainty for our sport.

The ECB has announced two interim funding packages with a total of £96.7million made available to support the recreational and first-class game during COVID-19.

Within this figure a total of £25.5m has been set aside for the recreational game with £20m made immediately available following the initial support package in March and a further £5.5m available to County Cricket Boards from 1 August.

These packages represent the beginning of addressing the impact of the crisis on cricket and we can not underestimate the significant financial burden that lies ahead of us.

We will continue to work with our County Cricket Boards (CCBs) and our leagues and clubs across the country to understand the support that is required.

In addition to the support packages, cricket clubs and leagues are able to apply to three new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Please follow this link for comprehensive information on the ECB Emergency Loan Scheme, the Return To Cricket Grant Scheme and the ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme. 

Are clubs able to source any additional financial help beyond the ECB?

There are a range of other financial support packages that are available to recreational sport and we strongly encourage local clubs and leagues to investigate their eligibility for these, which are available immediately subject to meeting the respective criteria. 

These include, but are not limited to: 

Should clubs still be running indoor nets or any pre-season social event?

ECB is planning to share our guidelines this week ahead of 11 July, but current UK Government advice does not extend to indoor cricket activity. 

Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should also adhere to the latest Government advice.

When cricket can be played, will there be any guidance on individual behaviour, for example, sharing equipment, shining the ball using saliva?

Yes. ECB is planning to share our guidelines this week ahead of 11 July.

Our medical teams will support and guide during and beyond this crisis to protect the health and wellbeing of all players and club staff.

Within this detailed guidance document there is information regarding the use of equipment – which is based on the Government’s current advice.

Any guidance will include directions on how to mitigate any risk from handling the ball as we continue to prioritise the health and safety of the cricket family in all of our decision-making. 

Will Dynamos Cricket and All Stars Cricket take place later this summer?

Although the UK Government has given the green light for the return of recreational cricket from 11 July, it has become clear that given the current restrictions we will sadly be unable to run certain elements of the scheduled 2020 cricket season. We have therefore reached the tough decision that Dynamos Cricket will not take place in 2020.

With the restrictions caused by COVID-19, we are unable to launch a brand new programme, provide the money-can't-buy opportunities and deliver a high-quality experience with fully trained activators this summer.

Being a new offering, it was our intention to provide clubs and activators with the necessary new training to deliver Dynamos Cricket in March and April this year, but unfortunately the ongoing restrictions have meant we were unable to do this so are unable to launch as we had hoped.

Together with Dynamos clubs, we will do everything we can to give those who had signed up to take part in Dynamos an opportunity to play this summer when it is safe to do so.

We remain optimistic that All Stars Cricket will be able to take place later in the summer.

What’s your advice to elderly members of cricket clubs?

Our best advice to anyone involved in cricket is to follow the Government’s latest advice.

What is the advice to grounds maintenance teams in the recreational game?

The ECB has shared guidance with the recreational game for grounds maintenance teams.

As of 23 March, the Government introduced increasingly stringent social distancing in a further attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact on vulnerable individuals. It is essential that this advice is adhered to in relation to the health and wellbeing of all individuals.

As a result of the Government’s announcements, a number of businesses across the United Kingdom have introduced home working for all staff..

Should grounds teams decide that essential grounds care needs to continue to look after the club’s facilities during this period of social isolation, they must do so in line with the Government’s latest guidance.

This includes keeping ground staff to minimum numbers, preferably no more than two, that any visits are carefully staggered and particular heightened attention is made to evidence that surfaces carry significant and prolonged risk of contamination. The use of regular shared indoor facilities such as rest rooms, kitchens and changing rooms should be avoided where possible.

This advice is given taking into account the latest government advice. However, the situation is changing very rapidly and may change at short notice. Therefore, please always follow the latest government advice.

Within this detailed guidance document there is updated guidance on how clubs may want to approach ground maintenance in the light of the Government’s announcement on May 10 that has permitted the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise.

Can ECB provide guidance on how clubs should act to stop people turning up and playing social games of cricket?

Everyone should be following government advice on social distancing at this time. 

Clubs are recommended to contact their local police if their ground is being used in a way that does not comply with that advice.

In this detailed guidance document we recommend clubs display signage that indicated when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.

Can clubs make plans for activity now that 11 July has been announced as the game’s return date?

Yes. We want to help clubs to make sure cricket can start again from 11 July.

We advise all clubs to be flexible and ensure the safety of everyone involved at the club in line with the latest Government advice.

What should we do if someone at our club contracts COVID-19?

For the latest Government advice, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Professional game

International fixtures 

Will the international summer be impacted? 

We have announced that the England Men’s team will play series against West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan this summer. Matches will be played behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford.

Discussions are progressing for England Women to play a tri-series against India and South Africa later this summer while we are also working towards rescheduling the postponed England Men’s white-ball series against Australia for later this summer.

Any rescheduled matches will be played without spectators.

When will domestic cricket return?

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its approval for the professional men’s county cricket season to begin on 1 August.

The formats to be played during the delayed men’s county season are due to be agreed by the 18 First-Class Counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter.

A commitment to play women’s domestic cricket in 2020 has also been made, but may differ from the planned rollout of the new women’s elite domestic structure.

The women’s elite domestic structure is the equivalent of the men’s county set-up and is formed of eight regions. Establishing a structure for a new competition during a pandemic has provided specific challenges for the women’s domestic game, most notably having the required medical personnel in place to handle stringent return-to-play protocols.

Preparation and planning for the season across the men’s and women’s domestic game remains subject to ongoing advice from Government and medical professionals with the safety of players, staff and officials the first priority.

The ECB Board has also approved the return to training of Men’s First-Class County players on or before 1 July. Plans for the new men’s season include options for red-ball and white-ball cricket.

A dedicated working group with representatives from the First-Class Counties and ECB has been formed to provide specific focus to Domestic Cricket, while COVID-19 continues to impact the game.

The main objectives for this group are:

  • To develop a single set of operating procedures that will incorporate cricket operations, venue operations and medical protocols
  • To provide a single delivery model that can be implemented across all 18 FCCs and regional women’s teams
  • To provide feedback and progress to the ECB Board and FCC Chairs

Will you play international cricket behind closed doors?

Our main objective is to provide an absolutely safe and secure environment for all players, match officials, staff, broadcasters, spectators and media in line with Government guidance.

As such, all of the remaining international matches this summer will be played without spectators.

Those international matches for which we have announced a schedule for this summer – Men’s West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan series – will be played behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford.

The venues for the remaining postponed matches – Men’s Australia and Women’s India and South Africa series – will be confirmed in line with a confirmed schedule.

When will international cricket take place?

England Men are scheduled to play West Indies in three Tests, with the opening Test starting at the Ageas Bowl on 8 July. The final two Tests will be staged at Emirates Old Trafford.

England Men will play Ireland in three Royal London Internationals at the Ageas Bowl. The opening match of the series is scheduled for 30 July.

England Men will host Pakistan in a three-Test series followed by a three-match Vitality IT20 series.

The Test series against Pakistan is scheduled to start at Emirates Old Trafford on 5 August, with the final two Tests set to be held at the Ageas Bowl. The IT20s will be staged at Emirates Old Trafford with the opening match set for 28 August.

Discussions are progressing for England Women to play a tri-series against India and South Africa later this summer while we are also working towards rescheduling the postponed England Men’s white-ball series against Australia for later this summer.

Will women’s international cricket still be scheduled?

The ECB has made a commitment to support and grow women’s cricket and discussions are progressing to host a tri-series against India and South Africa later this summer without spectators.

Domestic fixtures

What has been your priority in modelling a revised schedule?

We are being guided by four key priorities:

  1. Public safety, health and wellbeing of players, operational staff and cricket fans;
  2. The most financially important forms of cricket for our First-Class Counties: International cricket and the Vitality Blast to help ensure the future of 18 First-Class Counties and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC);
  3. Working closely with our broadcast partners to provide as much live cricket as possible to cricket fans; and
  4. Supporting the women’s game to continue its growth journey

With professional cricket postponed until 1 August, what impact will this have on the County Championship?

In total there were 10 rounds of County Championship action scheduled up to 1 August which, due to the postponement, have been cancelled but blocks for red-ball and white-ball cricket will be held in a revised schedule.

The Professional Game Group’s (PGG) planning has allowed us to map a number of potential scenarios for domestic play which include red-ball and white-ball formats.

What matches will be impacted by the delayed season start to 1 August?

  1. The English professional domestic cricket season was scheduled to begin on March 24 with the traditional Champion County match between holders Essex and MCC in Galle, Sri Lanka.
  2. The men’s County Championship was due to start on Sunday April 12 and in total 10 rounds were scheduled up to August 1.
  3. The Vitality Blast was due to commence on May 28 and all group-stage matches were to be staged before the end of July.
  4. The men’s Royal London Cup was due to begin on July 19. A total of 41 matches in the competition were due to be played before the end of July.
  5. Fifty-over matches between National Counties and First-Class Counties had been scheduled from July 15-17.
  6. It was announced in April that the launch of the men’s and women’s The Hundred competitions, which were due to begin in July, have been postponed until next summer.

What’s happening with the Royal London Cup?

The Royal London Cup is an option that is incorporated into some of our models and our thinking. We are fluid with our thoughts at this stage and, once we are in a position to do so, we will be able to confirm the revised schedule.

Refunds

How can fans get refunds for international fixtures?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECB has announced that any Men’s and Women’s 2020 International matches that take place this summer will be played without spectators to ensure the safety of all involved.

Ticket purchasers for original match days will be entitled to a refund. Original host venues will contact ticket purchasers to communicate the process for obtaining a refund, as well as any other options that may be available to them.

Can fans get refunds for any international fixtures?

If you are a ticket holder for a fixture later in the season, you do not need to do anything at this stage. We are working with our partners across the game to determine how best to reschedule 2020 fixtures when it is safe to do so. Please await further advice from the ECB as to rescheduling plans and how this impacts ticket holders.

Original ticket purchasers will be notified in the event that a match is rearranged. Within this communication, we will outline the process for obtaining a refund if you do not wish to attend the rescheduled date.

In the event that a major match is cancelled or has been rescheduled to be played ‘behind closed doors’ without spectators present, original ticket purchasers will be notified by the host venue. This communication will include the process for obtaining a refund, as well as any other options that may be available to you.

How can fans get refunds for the Vitality Blast given the dates have changed?

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its approval for the professional men’s county cricket season to begin on 1 August 2020. The formats to be played during the delayed men’s county season are due to be agreed by the 18 First-Class Counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter.

If you are a Vitality Blast ticket holder, you do not need to do anything at this stage. We are working with our partners across the game to determine how best to reschedule Vitality Blast in 2020. Please await further advice from the ECB as to rescheduling plans and how this impacts ticket holders.

When any revised schedule is announced each host venue will communicate its own ticket policy, which will inform group-stage ticket holders of their options. Ticket holders should wait for this information which will provide further detail.

Players

What does the ECB think of the men’s and women’s England players taking pay cuts?

The commitments offered by both men’s and women’s England players demonstrates how cricket is unified in offering solutions to the problems we are facing as a sport and nation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This could take the form of financial commitments, supporting society by sharing important public messaging, or volunteering for the NHS.

This financial commitment comes before a ball has been played in the season, and where the true financial impact is still unknown. We look forward to continued discussions and support as the situation unfolds.

Are you worried about players’ mental health? How will you support them?

The wellbeing of our England players is a priority.

Our England teams retain access to our world-class backroom staff to support both their physical and psychological wellbeing.

We remain in contact with our England teams and will continue to have a duty of care to ensure they receive the support they require.

In addition, the PCA recently announced a new partnership with Sporting Chance to deliver all mental health provisions from the players’ charity, the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

The ECB wholeheartedly supports this, including making a significant financial contribution.

Support for society

Could clubs, stadiums and sports halls be repurposed?

Our organisational mission is about “connecting communities and improving lives through cricket”. That’s one of the reasons we launched Together Through This Test, to shine a light on the hard work of everyone in cricket during this period.

This purpose goes right to the heart of everything we do, so it is really important that we work closely with the whole cricket family to encourage clubs, players and followers to support their communities during this difficult time.

We are seeing some fantastic examples of cricket facilities being used to fight COVID-19 and support society. For example, Warwickshire CCC has donated Edgbaston to the Department of Health and Social Care to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing station, which will be used to regularly test NHS staff.

Durham and Kent CCC have made their grounds available to the NHS, while Lord’s is supporting its local hospital by providing car parking.

How can players help boost morale?

Players have a massive following and reach so we’re working with them to help us inform, support and entertain during these difficult times, including through the media, digital content and via messages to those most vulnerable.

Many England and county players have demonstrated how cricket comes together in difficult times like this.

Jos Buttler has donated his World Cup Final shirt to the cause, Sam Billings shaved his head for charity and three members of the England Women’s team – Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Sophia Dunkley – volunteered to support the NHS.

Check out our England Cricket channels across Instagram, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook to see messages and content direct from players at home.

Can any of cricket’s health professionals volunteer to help the fight against COVID-19?

We are working closely with the cricket network and Government to understand how cricket personnel can be of best help and can support society. Some of our medical staff also work for the NHS and are supporting the efforts.

We have also shared the NHS’s call for volunteers with our network and supporters to encourage those who can to join the volunteer team. Players are helping to amplify this message as well to their large fan bases.

How can cricket come together to support the most vulnerable in society? Surely a lot of its fans and members fall into that category.

There is some brilliant work happening across the whole cricket network to support communities during this difficult time. For example, some county clubs have started to call elderly members and stewards to “check in” and, if required, provide them with support to point them to groups they can use while in isolation.

More information on how the game has been supporting society through this period can be found on our Together Through This Test hub.

Finances

Why has the ECB taken the decision to provide two interim support packages – worth £61million and £35.7million - for the professional and recreational game? 

We are acutely aware of the concern felt throughout the game about the financial implications of the suspension of cricket because of the spread of COVID-19. 

These support packages were provided following robust and detailed planning with all levels of the game as we look to try and withstand the challenges faced during a period of extreme financial uncertainty. 

Will more support be available if the crisis continues for longer than expected? 

The financial support packages are for the remainder of the year and are still only the beginning of addressing the impact of this crisis on cricket. 

We will continue our extensive liaison with cricketing bodies at all levels of the game to assess the financial stability of the whole cricket network in England and Wales. 

If the suspension of cricket carries on throughout the summer, we will be seeking ways in which we can continue to support the game for as long as possible. 

We have previously announced cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply to three new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Please follow this link for comprehensive information on the ECB Emergency Loan Scheme, the Return To Cricket Grant Scheme and the ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme. 

Will clubs and counties continue to be eligible for support from the Government and Sport England?

Yes. We expect that First-Class Counties and County Cricket Boards will utilise all available Government, Sport England and primary/secondary lender support options before needing our assistance.

We will liaise closely with First-Class Counties and County Cricket Boards to ensure they are receiving all the support to which they are entitled.

Why was it necessary to ask staff to take a pay cut, furlough, etc?

The measures were necessary to lower central costs and protect jobs in the long term as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.

This is the biggest challenge our sport has ever faced – the whole game is being impacted. We believe everyone has a part to play in supporting cricket’s survival.

These measures, combined with the announcement that we are providing a £61million interim package to all levels of cricket, are important to protect cricket and its people during this crisis.

How will these cost savings support the county and recreational game?

The measures, combined with the previous announcements that we are providing £96.7million support packages to all levels of cricket, are important to protect cricket and its people. 

We are aware the financial situation remains extremely challenging for many across cricket, so our support will be ongoing. We are working closely with the network to understand the challenges faced across the game and provide support. 

The Hundred

Is The Hundred still going ahead?

We have announced that the launch of The Hundred will take place in summer 2021. The Hundred has a vision to grow the game and is part of the ECB’s longer-term strategy to inspire a new generation to choose cricket. The 2021 launch will allow for the competition to be delivered as intended. 

Please visit this page for more information.

How can I get a refund?

Please visit the dedicated section for information on refunds for The Hundred.

Further support

For Government guidelines around COVID-19, please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For Government advice around financial support for businesses, please visit: www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

For information on Sport England funding and support packages, please visit: www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus-information-sector

For information on Sport Wales’s Emergency Relief Fund, please visit: www.sport.wales/content-vault/emergency-relief-fund/

Find out more about the ECB’s funding and support packages here 

For ECB’s latest guidelines to clubs regarding recreational cricket in England please click here 

For ECB’s latest guidelines to clubs regarding recreational cricket in Wales please click here 

 

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  • from any device you use to communicate with us such as when accessing ECB websites or apps, from telephone conversations, emails and written and verbal communications including blogs and social media interactions
  • from records of the goods and services provided to you. Some of this information may be obtained from the service providers we use, such as ticket agents
  • from talent scouts and scouting data providers, the media, coaches, umpires and other match officials
  • from third party data providers
  • from agents, representatives and family members

 We may supplement the information that you provide with other information that we obtain from our dealings with you (such as tickets you have purchased, newsletters you have subscribed to, events you or someone you book for have attended, your roles and achievements in cricket and details from other ECB services you have signed up for, use or have used, such as Play-Cricket and We Are England Supporters) or which we receive from other organisations, such as other cricket organisations, sponsors or commercial partners.

Apps, IP addresses, cookies and tracking tools


Apps
  

Most ECB apps do not involve us obtaining obvious user personal data that enables us to know who you are but, in order to enable the app to function and to help with analytics, the app functionality may mean we get some information that privacy laws designate as personal data.  This includes details of the app that has been downloaded and may include the age range of the user, their country of residence, the brand of the device used, the type and model of the device that the app has been downloaded to, user gender, interests (such as arts and entertainment, sport) and when the user firsts opens the app.  Analytics also automatically generates a unique identifier for each downloaded copy of the app to compute user metrics.  This is known as an ‘app instance identifier’. 

The ECB’s apps do not normally include an option for in-app purchases.

If you download an ECB app that involves us processing more clearly identifiable personal data or includes tracking for in-app purchases, the ECB will ensure you are provided with a Relevant ECB Privacy Notice to ensure you have the relevant privacy information.

PLEASE NOTE, THE APP STORE YOU USE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP MAY ALSO OBTAIN AND PROCESS PERSONAL DATA ABOUT YOU AND YOUR CHOICE / USE OF APPS.  WE ARE ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN PRIVACY PRACTICES AND THE SECURITY OF OUR SYSTEMS. 

 

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF EACH APP STORE YOU USE TO DOWNLOAD APPS.

 

IP addresses 

In order to understand how users use ECB websites and our services and the things they are interested in, we may collect your Internet Protocol addresses (also known as IP addresses).  Your IP address is a unique address that computer devices (such as PCs, tablets and smartphones) use to identify themselves and in order to communicate with other devices in the network.

Cookies

In common with many other website operators, we may use standard technology called 'cookies' on ECB websites. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive and they are used to record how you navigate ECB websites on each visit.

Our cookies are used to enable us to develop ECB websites and to enable you to properly navigate them.  We use cookies to collect personal data to enable us to reflect our users’ interests and by noting who has seen which pages, properties and advertisements (including ‘click throughs’ from emails), how frequently particular pages are visited and to enable us to determine the most popular areas of ECB websites. We may use cookies to enrich your experience of using ECB websites by allowing us to tailor what you see to what we have learned about your preferences during your visits to our sites.  Sometimes we may use services of third parties and they may use cookies on our behalf in order to provide their services.

The cookies we use can be found in the Cookie Notice on each of the ECB websites that you visit.  You will see these as a ‘pop-up’ the first time you use the website and again if you use our website after having deleted our cookies for that website.

Preventing use of cookies

Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser to prevent cookies being stored.  With experience, you can usually choose to switch off all cookies or to allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to place cookies.

For further information on cookies and Flash cookies and how to switch them off see the Information Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk or visit www.allaboutcookies.org or www.aboutcookies.org.

PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU DO TURN COOKIES OFF, THIS WILL LIMIT THE SERVICE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE TO YOU AND MAY AFFECT YOUR USER EXPERIENCE.

 

Tracking technology

Occasionally, we may use digital tracking (usually in a cookie) on ECB websites or in emails we send to you.  We use these to ensure you receive appropriate information and do not receive multiple communications about the same thing (such as ticketing offers) from different cricket-related organisations.

Preventing use of tracking technologies

If you stop cookies, this will normally stop any tracking from the website.  Where we plan to use tracking technology, we will ask for your consent. 

PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU DO NOT ALLOW US TO USE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY, YOU MAY RECEIVE COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE OF LESS INTEREST TO YOU OR MULTIPLE COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT THE SAME THING FROM DIFFERENT CRICKET-RELATED ORGANISATIONS.

How we will use your information and the legal basis for doing so:


All personal data that we obtain about you and/or any other person whose details you provide will be recorded, used, and protected by us in accordance with current data protection legislation, any applicable terms of use, the Relevant ECB Privacy Notice and this Privacy Policy and any consents or other arrangements agreed with you (or those other persons) or on your / their behalf. 

 Typically we use personal data for:

  • administration - for registration and general administration (including verification and security checking), creating and administering login credentials and access controls for online services and dealing with any payments
  • delivery - to provide the goods and services you request from us (including helping you with any specific needs you or others in your group may have)
  • communication - to communicate with you
  • compliance - to comply with our legal responsibilities
  • safety and safeguarding - to ensure a safe environment to work in and for the enjoyment of cricket events and activities
  • records - for record-keeping purposes
  • market research - to carry out market research so that we can improve our offerings
  • service development - for research purposes and to enable us to understand requirements and develop cricket-related services
  • social inclusion - to keep under review equal opportunities within cricket and/or ethnicity information to enable us to monitor and ensure compliance with anti-discrimination policies and/or to comply with our obligations to Sport England
  • analysis - to track and analyse activity on ECB websites and to understand the interests and views of all those involved in cricket
  • getting to know you - to create an individual profile for you so that we can enhance your user experience, to understand and respect your preferences and to provide updates and details of relevant opportunities where you have agreed to receive them 

Consent and lawful processing of personal data

The legal basis for the collection and processing of your personal data depends on the type of information, the purpose for which we use it and the nature of Our Relationship.  There are a large number of legal bases for our use of personal data such as to enable us to comply with our legal responsibilities (for example a contract we have with you or which the law imposes on us) or that the processing is in our legitimate interests (for example to uphold standards and ensure the reputation of and opportunities in cricket are enhanced) or for establishing and dealing with any legal claims.  Apart from direct marketing, social inclusion or dealing with medical needs, we rarely rely on consent. 

A comprehensive explanation is set out in the Relevant ECB Privacy Notice

Disclosing your information

In order to provide our products and services, to act as the national governing body for cricket and to operate our business, we need to share relevant information with certain other organisations.  The Relevant ECB Privacy Notice has specific details. 

We may, occasionally, appoint other organisations to carry out some of the processing activities on our behalf. These may include, for example, technology hosts, printing companies and mailing houses. In these circumstances, we will ensure that personal data is properly protected and that it is only used in accordance with the Relevant ECB Privacy Notice and our Privacy Policy. 

Cricket organisations

As the national governing body for cricket, the ECB has relationships with other cricket related organisations such as First Class Cricket Counties, the National Counties Cricket Association, County Cricket Boards, cricket clubs and cricket leagues (each a Cricket Organisation) and some of the goods and services available on or through ECB websites are provided by those Cricket Organisations. Each Cricket Organisation has its own privacy practices and you should check that you are satisfied with them before you provide any personal data to them. 

PLEASE NOTE, EACH CRICKET ORGANISATION HAS ITS OWN PRIVACY PRACTICES AND WE ARE ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN PRIVACY PRACTICES AND THE SECURITY OF OUR SYSTEMS. 

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF EACH CRICKET ORGANISATION BEFORE YOU PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL DATA TO THEM.

You can view an up-to-date list of CRICKET ORGANISATIONS by clicking the link.

ECB commercial partners

The ECB teams up with a variety of sponsors and commercial partners each of which bring value to the game and many of them are happy to make offers and opportunities available to you so that you can also benefit from them being in the cricket family.

You can view an up-to-date list of ECB SPONSORS & PARTNERS by clicking the link.

Invitations, newsletters, offers and opportunities

The ECB, CRICKET ORGANISATIONS and ECB SPONSORS & PARTNERS would like to contact you and/or any person whose information you provide to us to invite you to enjoy other products and services (where you have agreed to us sending an invitation), to provide newsletters and to tell you and/or them about offers and opportunities that are available and about a range of other initiatives in a number of ways, including by post, text message, email or, for relevant services, push notification, personalised on-screen messages and social media.  

Preferences / Subscribe / Unsubscribe

Details of how to opt-in to or opt-out of receiving newsletters and details of offers are on relevant pages of ECB websites, in relevant forms you complete and/or in the message you receive. 

You and any other person whose information you have provided to us can change your/their mind about whether you/they wish to receive details of offers and opportunities at any time by using any of the methods shown below (see the section ‘How to contact us’ below) or by following the instructions provided with each offer you/they receive. 

Security

We take the security of personal data seriously.  We employ security technology, including firewalls, and Secure Socket Layers to safeguard information and have procedures in place to ensure that our paper and computer systems and databases are protected against unauthorised disclosure, use, loss and damage and have robust protocols in place to deal with a data breach in the unlikely event one should occur. 

We only use third party service providers where we are satisfied that they provide adequate security for your personal data.

Monitoring

We may monitor or record telephone calls for security purposes and to improve the quality of the services we provide to you.

Data retention

The duration for which we keep your personal data depends on the type of information and the purpose for which we use it as well as the nature of Our Relationship.  Some information is kept for a very short time (such as website and app device data) but other information may be kept indefinitely (such as match statistics for professional players).  A detailed explanation is set out in the Relevant ECB Privacy Notice.

Use of your information outside of the United Kingdom

Unless we say otherwise in the Relevant ECB Privacy Notice you are given, we do not transfer personal data outside of the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area other than, potentially, to a few of our service providers in other parts of the world.  Wherever we transfer your personal data outside of the United Kingdom, we will take proper steps to ensure that it is protected in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable privacy laws. 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Privacy laws and practice are constantly developing and we aim to meet high standards.  Our policies and procedures are, therefore, under continual review. We may, from time to time, update our security and privacy policies.  If we want to make any significant changes to the way in which we will use your personal data we will contact you directly and, if required, seek your consent. 

We will ensure ECB websites have our most up to date Privacy Policy and suggest that you visit our privacy pages periodically to review our latest version. 

Updating and correcting information

You may update or correct your personal data online in relevant membership areas or by contacting us in writing or by email (see the section ‘How to contact us’ below). Please include your name, address and/or email address when you contact us as this helps us to ensure that we accept amendments only from the correct person. We encourage you to promptly update your personal data if it changes. 

If you are providing updates or corrections about another person, we may require you to provide us with proof that you are authorised to provide that information to us.

Your rights:

You have a number of legal rights in respect of your personal data.

PLEASE NOTE, SOME OF THE LEGAL RIGHTS SHOWN BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO EXCEPTIONS WHICH MEANS THAT WE MAY BE ENTITLED, OR REQUIRED, TO REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH A REQUEST.

 

Your rights include:

Right of access.  The right to receive a copy of the personal data that we hold about you.  The same right applies to any other person whose personal data you provide to us.  We will require proof of identity and proof of authority if the request comes from someone other than the person whose data we are asked to provide.  This will ensure we only provide information to the correct person. 

 

Right to withdraw consent to direct marketing.  You can exercise this right at any time and can update your preferences yourself or ask us to do it for you.  See section ‘Updating and correcting information’ above for details.

 

Right to withdraw consent to other processing.  Where the only legal basis for our processing your personal data is that we have your consent to do so, you may withdraw your consent to that processing at any time and we will have to stop processing your personal data.  Please note, this will only affect a new activity and does not mean that processing carried out before you withdrew your consent is unlawful.

 

Right to rectification.  If you consider any of your personal data is inaccurate, you can correct it yourself or ask us to do it for you (see section ‘Updating and correcting information’ above for details).

 

Right of restriction.  In limited circumstances you may be able to require us to restrict our processing of your personal data.  For example, if you consider what we hold is inaccurate and we disagree, the processing may be restricted until the accuracy has been verified.

 

Right of erasure.  In some circumstances, for example, where we have no legal basis for retaining your personal data, you may be entitled to require us to delete your personal data.

 

Right to object.  Where our processing is based on it being in our legitimate interests, your rights and freedoms, based on your particular situation, may enable you to object to our processing.

 

Right of portability.  Where you have provided personal data to us electronically, you may be entitled to require us to provide that data to you electronically or to transmit it to another organisation.

 

 

Right to complain.  If you have any concerns or complaints about how we are handling your personal data we would prefer you to get in touch with us directly so that we can try to resolve the (see ‘How to contact us’ below). You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk.

 

How to contact us:

 

 

Mail                                         Privacy Officer

                                                England and Wales Cricket Board Limited

                                                Lord’s Cricket Ground

                                                London

                                                NW8 8QZ

 

Phone                                      0207 432 1200

 

Email                                             privacy@ecb.co.uk

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

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