to sponsor County Championship and England women's International series
world's leading cricket internet company extends partnership with
world's leading cricket internet company, today announced a one
year sponsorship agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board
(ECB) that will see the company become title sponsors of the First
Class County Championship.
will begin immediately with the first round of CricInfo Championship
Matches commencing tomorrow morning.
sponsorship deal, ECB Chief Executive Tim Lamb said: "We are
delighted to have secured CricInfo as the new sponsor of the County
Championship. CricInfo have managed the ECB's web site, ECB.co.uk,
since June 2000 and this has helped generate huge on-line interest
in English Cricket. As one of the largest websites in the world,
they will provide a huge global platform for raising interest and
awareness in our domestic four-day game."
Director, Peter Griffiths, said, "This is a very exciting move
for CricInfo. The CricInfo Championship will retain the format that
proved so popular with players and spectators alike in 2000. The
world's longest established domestic cricket competition is followed
on CricInfo and ECB.co.uk by very large numbers of people. We hope
to use this internet platform to promote the competition which this
year looks to be more competitive than ever. "
In a further
move, CricInfo today announced that they will be the title sponsor
of this summer's Women's Test and One-Day International Series against
Australia. This sponsorship builds on CricInfo's involvement as
the title sponsor of the Women's World Cup in New Zealand in December
2000, which was won by New Zealand.
Reflecting on both announcements, ECB Chief Executive Tim Lamb said:
"This is another piece of good news for cricket following our
recent announcement of major new sponsorship deals with Npower for
domestic Test Cricket and Cheltenham and Gloucester for The Trophy
competition. We look forward toworking with Cricinfo to achieve
the widest possible exposure for the domestic Four-Day game."