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ECB ANNOUNCES £61M INTERIM SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR THE GAME

about 1 month ago | Behind the Scenes

THE ECB HAS TODAY UNVEILED A £61 MILLION INTERIM SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL AND RECREATIONAL GAME

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a £61million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19.

The plans detail a number of measures for the whole sport from elite to grassroots, including the MCC, the First-Class Counties (FCCs) and their County Cricket Boards (CCBs). Local cricket clubs will also be offered support to see them through the coming months.

In accordance with Government advice the start of the cricket season has been delayed until at least May 28th. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are currently being modelled.

With revenues impacted across the game – from both cricket and non-cricket activities, the ECB Board today approved plans to expedite payments from a number of areas within its 2020-2021 planned distribution budgets.

Around £40m will be made immediately available through:

An extra budget of just over £20m will become available to the recreational game through a cricket club support loan scheme, grants through the “Return to Cricket” scheme and a 12-month holiday on loan repayments for recreational clubs.

Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of the ECB, said:

"We would like to thank everyone within the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect the game during this period of uncertainty. ’’

“We understand these are challenging times and it has been our priority to provide swift and immediate support to all members of the cricket family at every level in England and Wales.

‘’We are fully aware that the situation with COVID-19 will continue to develop, and it will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear. We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond. ‘’

Middlesex Cricket's Chief Executive Officer, Richard Goatley, commented:

"We are grateful to the ECB for the extremely hard work they have put into understanding the financial challenges faced by the wider game during this current crisis.

"This is a very welcome package of measures that will provide greater security to us all at this uncertain time.

"At Middlesex Cricket, we continue to work on the various scenarios that may develop and the implications thereof."

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