England Cricket Board Announces 35 Million Euros Support Package For County Cricket

England Cricket Board Announces 35 Million Euros Support Package For County Cricket

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Ravi Ashwin celebrating a wicket. (Credits - Worcestershire)

England Cricket Board (ECB) is at the centre of restarting cricket after it was hit by a halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The board has made its necessary arrangements from bio-secure environment to arranging special chartered flights for the West Indies and Pakistan to assure smooth functioning of cricket as it restarts.

The series’ hosted by the ECB will be kept a close eye on by other boards to ensure they can send their teams for the scheduled tournaments. In a crisis situation, the English board is also doing their bit for the counties which has been hit, due to non-occurrence of matches.

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England Cricket Board announces funds to support first-class counties and County Cricket Board

ECB has announced a special package of 30.2 million pounds for the First-Class Counties (FCCs) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in August while  5.5 million pounds will go to County Cricket Boards (CCBs), according to a Reuters report.

It is noticeable that the funds are paid to the counties after the postponement of The Hundred to next year. ECB chief Tom Harrison has said that it is the responsibility of the board to protect the game and it’s future and remains a priority to resume cricket in summer.

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Tom Harrison. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“It is the ECB’s responsibility to protect the whole game’s future during the financial uncertainty we face as a sport,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in a statement.

“It remains our priority to get cricket started again this summer… and we will continue to work with government to try and do in a way that keeps people safe but that limits the ongoing impact of this crisis on our game.”

England will resume their cricket campaign with the first Test against the West Indies on July 8.