English cricket receives £30m boost

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English cricket will receive around £30 million from the ECB over the next five years to help improve facilities and boost club cricket.

The plans include a desire to install floodlights at every county ground, which will account for about £9 million of the total. “We feel we need considerably more experience playing day-night games,” Giles Clarke, the ECB’s chairman, said. “Secondly, the spectators have considerably greater ease coming to watch cricket in the early and late evening. If we’ve got floodlights, we are in a position to do that.”

A further £6 million will be put towards improving drainage at international venues. The remaining sum, in the region of £14 million, will be given to more than 2,000 community clubs.

The additional money on offer will come from increased revenue from broadcast deals as well as escalating monies from gate receipts. “This is a major commitment to invest in all areas of cricket,” Clarke said. “Cricket in England and Wales has never seen this level of financial support. Our resources are being targeted to build the continuing affection of the nation with its summer sport and to give people of all ages and walks of life the chance to play and watch in the best surroundings.”

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