ECB presents 100-ball domestic game

ECB has presented its proposed approach for the new eight-team domestic competition - starting in 2020 - to chairmen and chief executives of the First-Class Counties and MCC.

The competition will be based on the simple format of 100 balls for each team.

Featuring aligned competitions for both men’s and women’s teams - sharing a common format, brands and identities in their own leagues - it received support at the meeting at Lord’s following unanimous support by the board of the new competition.

All Stars Cricket returns for second year

All Stars Cricket, the ECB’s programme to inspire the next generation of five to eight year-olds, is back with over 2,000 clubs across England and Wales taking part this summer.

37,000 children enjoyed the first year of All Stars Cricket and this year, 20,000 have signed up with more than six weeks remaining until the programme begins in mid-May.

All Stars Cricket is all about ensuring that kids and their families have a great first experience of the game down at their local club.

Andy Nash steps down from ECB director

Andy Nash has tendered his resignation as non-executive director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), citing “significant differences”.

Nash has been a member of the board since 2004 and said plans reported in The Times this week that Test match venues will be granted between £500,000 and £2.5m for years they do not host games, “suggest a move to promote eight counties as first among equals.”

The former Somerset chairman stepped down from his role in January to focus on his role as a director for the ECB.

Vitality named new T20 cricket title partner

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced health and life insurance group, Vitality, as the new title partner of T20 Blast, International T20 and recreational T20 cricket, supporting the game for men and women.

The new deal will cover the Vitality Blast for the next four years, as well as England men's and women's home T20 series for two years.

Vitality takes over from NatWest, who remain the ECB's principal partner with naming rights on England shirts.

ECB announces BEIN media rights DEAL

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a new six-year broadcast rights agreement with beIN Media Group for international and domestic cricket coverage in the Middle East and North Africa.

The deal will give beIN Media Group rights to screen coverage from all ECB’s home international men’s and women’s series as well as its domestic competitions from next summer through to the end of the 2024 season.

Royal London extends ECB deal

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced Royal London has renewed its title sponsorship of men’s and women’s domestic and international one-day cricket for a further two years.

The partnership will see Royal London continue to sponsor all England’s home one-day internationals and the 50-Over Royal London One-Day Cup competition until the end of the 2019 season.

ECB adds Rubicon & extends with Kia

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has partnered with soft drinks supplier Rubicon and extended Kia Motors’ sponsorship of women’s cricket.

Rubicon will become the official soft drink of the England cricket team as part of a three-year deal, which will cover the England men’s, England women’s and England disability teams across all three formats of the game.

The drink's brand has already been a visible presence at men’s and women’s international fixtures this summer and the new deal will cover all England teams home and away until the spring of 2020.

ECB joins Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has joined Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign in a show of support for equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

In partnership with Sky Sports, the Natwest T20 Blast and Kia Super League are lacing up for their matches throughout the weekend (10th – 13th August).

Rainbow Flags will be part of the guard of honour for every match, a rainbow decoration will adorn cricket stumps and every ground will be given a rainbow makeover.

ECB & Channel 5 agree new deal

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Channel 5 have announced an expansion of their existing deal, which will now include highlights of all England women’s home games, meaning the England women’s cricket team will set to be shown on terrestrial TV for first time. 

The new deal will encompass Tests, ODI and T20 internationals on free-to-air television until the end of 2019, and will also include the next women’s home Ashes series with Australia.


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