National Strategy with pledge for success
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today launched its National
Strategy for cricket, in which it pledged to establish: (1) the
England's Men's Cricket team as the top ranked Test Match team in
the world by 2007, (2) the England Men's Cricket team as winners
of the Cricket World Cup by 2007, and (3) the England Women to be
ranked in the top two nations by the same date.
It was launched
by ECB Chief Executive, Tim Lamb, at cricket's first ever National
Convention, held at Woldingham School near Croydon, South London,
at which all the game's key stakeholders in England and Wales gathered
to develop and share an understanding of cricket's future.
The National Strategy provides a framework for the development of
cricket 'from playground to Test arena' in England and Wales in
the short and medium term. It contains a vision of what the ECB
wants to achieve and clear pathways leading to success, but crucially
also contains precise targets by which success can be measured.
The backbone to the strategy is the identification of 'Seven Steps',
which are central to the development of cricket in England and Wales.
Specific action plans have been produced for each step, which, in
combination with each other, will deliver ECB's Vision for Cricket.
The 'Seven Steps' are: Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Club
Cricket, District Cricket, Representative Cricket, First Class County
Cricket and England Teams.
Announcing the National Strategy, Tim Lamb said, "We aim to
ensure that England becomes and remains the most successful cricket
nation in the world and to encourage the widest possible participation
and interest in the game throughout England and Wales."
Kate Hoey MP, Minister for Sport, said, "At a time when the
England team is performing so well, it is particularly pleasing
to see the ECB looking longer-term. This strategy encompasses everything
that government wants to do in sport, ensuring that everyone can
have the opportunity to play, including the thousands of young women
who are turning to cricket. This is a great National Strategy and
I very much welcome it."