Cricket

England players to wear names of key workers on training shirts

The England Men’s Test cricket team will wear the names of key workers on their training shirts on day one of the first Test against the West Indies.

As part of the ECB’s #Raisethebat campaign, the series - which will mark the behind-closed-doors return of cricket after the coronavirus lockdown - will celebrate members of the cricket family who have gone above and beyond to help their communities during the pandemic.

Those who are named on the shirts have all been nominated by their local cricket clubs, while their stories will also appear on the ECB’s digital platforms. 

ICC to allow Test nations to wear front of shirt sponsor logos

The ICC has approved a series of interim rule changes which will include provision for Test cricket teams to display sponsor logos on the front of playing shirts.

The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) ratified a series of steps to help the sport through the coronavirus pandemic, including health and safety measures as well as those aimed at mitigating the financial impact the lockdown will have.

ECB announces record pre-covid turnover

The ECB reported a record turnover of £228 million for 2019/20 at its virtual AGM, an increase of £56 million on 2018.

The hosting of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 saw the record turnover met, while the ECB says the figure represents a considerable increase on an ‘average year’, in which the organisation would expect to reach a turnover of £125 million.

The governing body for cricket in England and Wales also says that 2019/20 profits exceeded expectations, too, hitting £5.7 million. 

ECB launches lockdown activity app for kids

The ECB has launched a new app, Dynamos Cricket, to help keep children active during the lockdown period.

The free app targets children aged eight and over, and provides them with cricket skills, games and quizzes that they can do at home, without the need for a lot of space or equipment. 

Alongside the launch of the app, the governing body for cricket in England and Wales has also released results of a survey which reveals that the lockdown may change families’ attitudes to exercise and activity.

Edgbaston to become NHS staff testing centre

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has confirmed that its Edgbaston Stadium will be used by the government’s Department of Health and Social Care as a drive-through coronavirus testing station.

The club says this will mainly be used to regularly test NHS staff who are working in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.

Beginning operations in the coming days, the NHS staff testing centre will be positioned within Edgbaston’s main on-site car park. NHS staff will drive in through the Edgbaston Road entrance, be tested while remaining in their vehicle.

Watmore replaces Graves as ECB Chair

The ECB has named The FA's former CEO Ian Watmore as the next Chair of the organisation, succeeding Colin Graves, who will leave the post in November 2020.

Watmore was in charge of the FA in 2009, overseeing the launch of the FA Women’s Super League and start of the St George’s Park Project, while the 61-year-old has also previously held board positions with the English Football League and the 2015 Rugby World Cup - among others.

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