Thursday 5 June 2014 

ECB Urges All Cricketers To Have Their Say

All players are being encouraged to participate in this year's survey
All players are being encouraged to participate in this year's survey
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is calling on all club and recreational cricketers to have their say and complete its annual National Cricket Playing Survey.

National Cricket Playing Survey 2014

Where? www.ecb.co.uk/playingsurvey2014

For who? Anybody playing cricket, from premier league club level to those playing midweek social cricket

Then what? Anybody completing the survey will be entered into a competition to win signed bats, shirts and tickets to the England v India ODI series later this year

This is the second year of the survey and last year, 21,000 responded, giving feedback to the ECB which they are now acting on.

Since last year's survey, the ECB has acted to introduce new formats, rule changes, different start times, shorter travel distances and more opportunities for all to play the game, including:

  • The introduction of a new Crick8 competition – a short, sharp 50-minute version of the game with double scoring zones and coloured clothing aimed at teenagers (Cornwall)
  • The creation of a new Last Woman Stands competition to run alongside the men’s version of the popular Last Man Stands eight-a-side format (Northamptonshire)
  • A new open age player transfer system to allow players who do not have a fixture to turn out for another team (Yorkshire and District Senior League)
  • A fresh drive to recruit new umpires – with 13 players gaining Level One umpiring qualifications (Bradford League)

The 2014 survey, which goes live today (5th June) aims to reach an even wider audience to generate more ideas which will in turn increase participation.

The survey was devised as part of the ECB's strategic plan, Champion Counties, and its findings will support the ECB as they plan to invest £96 million into community cricket over the next four years.

"Last year’s survey attracted a fantastic response and our county cricket boards and leagues have already responded with innovative and forward-thinking ideas which will all help attract more people to the sport and make it as inclusive as possible," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.

"Whether it’s varying match times to suit the needs of shift workers or experimenting with innovative rule changes, our recreational game has shown a real willingness to be adaptable and responsive to players’ feedback.

"This all supports ECB’s wider efforts to help sustain cricket at a local level by investing in facilities and pitches, encouraging clubs to be fully representative of their local communities and offering maximum support to umpires, coaches, scorers and other volunteers who give up their time to support our grassroots game."

© Cricket World 2014