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England and Wales Cricket Board

England and Wales Cricket Board
England and Wales Cricket Board.svg
Founded1 January 1997 (1 January 1997)
AffiliationInternational Cricket Council (ICC)
ChairmanColin Graves
CEOTom Harrison
Men's coachChris Silverwood
Women's coachLisa Keightley
SponsorNatWest, Kia, Royal London, Specsavers, Vitality, Toyota, Hardys Wine, Greene King, Yorkshire Tea, New Balance, Rubicon, Veuve Clicquot, Barrington, T.M. Lewin[1]
Official website

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the governing body of cricket in England and Wales.[2] It is a non-profit organisation, which enables it to concentrate on maximising its funding of the sport rather than on making a return for investors[3]. The ECB's head offices are at Lord's Cricket Ground in north-west London[4].

The board oversees all levels of cricket in England and Wales, including the following national representative squads:

  • Men's red-ball (Test team)
  • Men's white-ball (One-Day International and IT20 team)
  • Women's team
  • England Lions - the second-tier representative side below the men's Test team, formerly known as England B and England A but rebranded in 2007.
  • Physical Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Visually Impaired
  • Deaf

The ECB came into being on 1 January 1997 as a single governing body to combine the roles formerly fulfilled by the Test and County Cricket Board, the National Cricket Association and the Cricket Council[5]. In April 1998 the Women's Cricket Association was integrated into the organisation[6].

Like many sports-governing bodies in the United Kingdom it is a company limited by guarantee, a legal status which enables it to concentrate on maximising its funding of the sport rather than making a return for investors.

The ECB's head offices are at Lord's in London. Although the organisation is the England and Wales Cricket Board, it is referred to as the ECB not the EWCB as a result of a decision taken in the run-up to the launch of ECB in January 1997 by those from within the game given the task of overseeing the transition from the previous bodies from which ECB was formed.[7]

Structure and role

The ECB is run by an executive management team that reports directly to the chief executive officer, an office held on 14 January 2020 by Tom Harrison[8]. He in turn reports to the Chair of the ECB Board, a position currently held by Colin Graves, who was due to step down in May 2020 but was granted a 6-month extension to his tenure to November 2020. [9]

An executive committee chaired by the CEO is responsible for delivering the ECB's strategic plans. Three other committees - Cricket; Audit, Risk and Governance; and Regulatory - work with the senior management team on policy, planning and strategic issues.

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

There are 41 members of the ECB:

  • The Chairs of the 18 First-Class Counties
  • The Chairs of the 21 County Boards in National Counties (formerly the Minor Counties)
  • The Chair of MCC
  • The Chair of the National Counties Cricket Association

One of the main responsibilities of the ECB is the preparation and development of the teams that represent England at the highest level in Test and ODI play.The National Selector, head coach and other coaches are ECB employees. The ECB also employs the English Test match captain and other centrally contracted players, as well as being responsible for the National Cricket Performance Centre, currently based at Loughborough University in Leicestershire.

The long-term strategy to deliver world championships in the men's and women's games had a successful conclusion in the summer of 2019. England won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time, emulating the feat of their female counterparts, who had become world champions for the fourth time in 2017[10].

The ECB is responsible for the financial direction and commercial exploitation of England cricket. It raises revenue from the proceeds of sales for tickets at One Day International and Test matches in England and Wales. The ECB is also responsible for the generation of income from the sale of sponsorship and broadcasting rights, primarily in relation to the English team.

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the UK. More than 1.1 million adults attend cricket matches each year, while 2.5 million people play the game at all levels in England and Wales[11]. Almost 10 million people - about 20% of the adult population - follow the sport[12]. Since 2009, 4 million schoolchildren have been introduced to cricket by the Chance To Shine programme[12].

In 2017 the ECB signed a new media rights deal valued at £1.1billion to cover the five years between 2020 and 2024[13]. This deal will be used to fund a broad range of initiatives across the sport at all levels, including a guaranteed and unprecedented £475million to fund the county network - First-Class Counties, National Counties and County Boards[14].

While the ECB administers all aspects of English cricket, the laws of the game remain in the control of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

In April 2017 the Articles of Association were changed to allow a new T20 competition to be run from 2020, comprising 8 teams, it will be run during school summer holidays.[15][16] The T20 event has become The Hundred.

In May 2018 ECB launched an action plan for engaging South Asian audiences in England and Wales.[17] In January 2019 ECB launched its Inspiring Generations strategy for cricket across 2020-2024.[18]. The strategy aims to Inspire a generation to say Cricket is a game for me.[19]: Alongside its five-year plan, in October 2019 ECB launched plans to transform women's and girls' cricket.[20]

The ECB also leads the sport's efforts with regard to the integrity of cricket, including anti-doping[21] and anti-corruption initiatives[22], and safeguarding of all who play and administer the game[23]. In the 2017-2018 financial year, the ECB's turnover was £125.5 million[24].

County Boards

Subject to certain exceptions, each historic county in England has either an ECB County Cricket Club or Cricket Board as below. The first-class counties are represented directly at the ECB, whereas the minor counties retain a Cricket Board.

Rutland shares a board with neighbouring Leicestershire, an echo of the 18th century Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Club. Hampshire as such has two boards given that the Isle of Wight has its own. Westmorland and Cumberland are replaced by Cumbria, a ceremonial county created in 1974. An additional board exists for the whole country of Wales and is incorporated within the ECB.

Most counties have clubs which are members of either the County Championship or the Minor Counties Cricket Championship. Rutland and the Isle of Wight do not have county clubs and are wholly integrated for that purpose with Leicestershire and Hampshire respectively. Huntingdonshire County Cricket Club has a chequered history and now plays informal matches only. Cumberland and Westmorland originally shared Cumberland County Cricket Club as a joint county club. It is now representative of Cumbria as a whole and plays matches in both of the two traditional counties; there has never been a club called Westmorland.[25][26]

National teams

Men's Test team: England played in the first Test match, against Australia in 1877, and has been one of the world's leading exponents of the five-day form of cricket ever since. England has been a full member of the International Cricket Council since 1909. The team's captain, as of January 2020, was Joe Root[27][28]

Men's one-day team: England featured in the first One-Day International, against Australia in 1971. England won the men's Cricket World Cup for the first time in a thrilling final against New Zealand at Lord's in July 2019. England's only previous limited-overs global title came in the T20 World Cup in 2010. As of January 2020, the team's captain was Eoin Morgan[29].

Women's team: England featured in the first Women's Test series, against Australia in 1934-35, where they won 2-0 despite the enduring rancour from the Bodyline series of two winters before. They have won the World Cup four times, most recently in 2017. The team is captained, as of January 2020, by Heather Knight[30].

Disability teams: The ECB is committed to facilitating access to the sport for people with disabilities. It aims to have 300 clubs offering disabled provision by 2024. The four teams administered by the ECB are Physical Disability[31], Learning Disability[32], Visually Impaired and Deaf.

Status of Wales

Historically, the England team represented the whole of Great Britain in international cricket, with Scottish or Welsh national teams playing sporadically and players from both countries occasionally representing England. Following Ireland's membership in 1993, Scotland became an independent member of the ICC the next year.

With Welsh players pursuing international careers exclusively with an England team, there have been a number of calls for Wales to become an independent member of the ICC, or for the ECB to provide more fixtures for a Welsh national team. However, both Cricket Wales and Glamorgan County Cricket Club have continually supported the ECB, with Glamorgan arguing for the financial benefits of the Welsh county within the English structure, and Cricket Wales stating they are "committed to continuing to play a major role within the ECB"[33][34][35]

The absence of a Welsh cricket team has seen a number of debates within the Welsh Assembly. In 2013 a debate saw both Conservative and Labour members lend their support to the establishment of an independent Welsh team.[36]

In 2015, a report produced by the Welsh National Assembly's petitions committee, reflected the passionate debate around the issue. Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru's spokesperson on heritage, culture, sport and broadcasting, and a member of the petitions committee, argued that Wales should have its own international team and withdraw from the ECB. Jenkins noted that Ireland (with a population of 6.4 million) was an ICC member with 6,000 club players whereas Wales (with 3.2 million) had 7,500. Jenkins said: "Cricket Wales and Glamorgan CCC say the idea of a Welsh national cricket team is 'an emotive subject', of course having a national team is emotive, you only have to look at the stands during any national game to see that. To suggest this as anything other than natural is a bit of a misleading argument."[37][38][39][40][41][42]

In 2017, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones called for the reintroduction of the Welsh one day team stating: "[It] is odd that we see Ireland and Scotland playing in international tournaments and not Wales."[43][44]

In 2019, Plaid Cymru member Jonathan Edwards called for Wales to separate from the England and Wales Cricket Board by 2020 and to establish itself as an independent national team, Mr. Edwards said; "We have a Welsh rugby team, football team, basketball team, even a national lacrosse team. In cricket, however, we are still incorporated into England. That surely can't be right."[45][non-primary source needed]

Major domestic competitions

See also


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