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.

ECB in new children's programme, announces trading card game

The ECB has launched a new programme, Dynamos, to inspire children aged 8-11 to play cricket.

Designed for children graduating from the All Stars Cricket programme - the ECB’s scheme for 5-8-year olds - Dynamos will also welcome those who are new to the game, and the governing body says that up to 35,000 children will take part in the programme, either in May or during the school holidays alongside The Hundred.

ICC to introduce no-ball technology at Women's T20 World Cup

The ICC will use front-foot no-ball technology at the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The third umpire will monitor the front foot landing position after each ball - not just wickets - and will communicate to the on-field umpire if the delivery was a no-ball. The ICC says on-field umpires have been instructed not to call any front-foot no balls unless advised to do so by the third umpire.

The governing body has confirmed that the decision to use the new system was made after successful trials conducted in late 2019 in both India and the West Indies.

England to wear pink New Balance kits in aid of charity

England’s third One-Day International against South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday, 9th February will see both teams wear limited edition pink kits in aid of charity.

The New Balance kits form part of Cricket South Africa’s ninth annual #PinkDay, a day full of activities to help raise funds for charity. This year’s proceeds will go towards the Breast Cancer Care Unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.

Surrey unveil African-Caribbean programme

Surrey County Cricket Club has unveiled a new scholarship programme to create new opportunities for young African-Caribbean cricketers.

The African-Caribbean Engagement (ACE) Programme will target 11-18 year old boys and girls, with the aim of breaking down barriers for the local African-Caribbean community by providing qualified cricket coaching, sports science and personal development education, equipment and travel grants to youngsters. 

The programme will also offer include inspirational members from the community in a bid to create role models.

Op-Ed: Could brands be the answer to the five-day Test debate?

After England's victory over South Africa in the second Test of the series, James Fenn of H+K Strategies asks if brands are the answer to the debate raging over cricket's five-day tests.

Ben Stokes and England are at it again. Cape Town is a world away from Headingly, but on another afternoon bathed in sunlight and tension in equal measure, England’s all-rounder once again put forward his case to be this country’s most inspiring and electric athlete.


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