The ECB Board has approved a new strategy for the game and endorsed the key projects which, together, support the sustainability and future growth of cricket in England and Wales.
Within their meeting the ECB Board agreed next steps for:
- A new five-year strategy for the game
- The County Partnership Agreement (CPA)
- Playing conditions for the New Competition
- A new structure for current County competitions
Each of these is scheduled to come into effect in 2020.
ECB Chief Executive Officer
Confirming the decisions, Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of the ECB, said: “The game has made huge progress this year, through collaboration, constructive debate and a volume of detailed discussion. The outcomes for all of this combined work are vital for the growth and sustainability of cricket, at all levels, in England and Wales.
“The strategy we have created over the last 12 months will give the whole game clear priorities and allow us to deliver these together.
“It will guide our investment, drive our relationships, and make things happen locally and nationally.
“The Strategy, Domestic Structure, New Competition and CPA are all interlinked so it is right that we share all the details – together and in context – at the same time across the game.
“This will happen in the New Year.”
The full strategy for 2020-24, the CPA’s role in its delivery and the development of the New Competition will all be presented to the whole game at a series of meetings in January 2019. Further details will be provided after those meetings.
The Cricket Committee recommendation for playing conditions in the new competition – agreed by the Board – is for; each innings to be 100 balls, a change of end after every 10 balls and an individual bowler able to deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls with a maximum of 20 per game.