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ECB secures major sponsorship deal

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

November 24, 2011

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Andrew Strauss poses by a zebra in front of the Lord's pavilion on the day the ECB announced Investec as the new title sponsor of Test cricket, Lord's, November 24, 2011
There were some odd sights at Lord's as Investec was unveiled as the new sponsor of Test cricket © Getty Images
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Test cricket in England was given a major vote of confidence as Investec, the international specialist bank, signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with the ECB for the five-day game.

The sponsorship, understood to be worth around £50 million, will run until 2021 and is the longest deal signed in the ECB's history. It will incorporate three home Ashes series and two visits of India. The deal begins next summer when England host West Indies and South Africa for two three-Test series.

Australia's victory against South Africa at the Wanderers means England are guaranteed to hold onto their No. 1 ranking ahead of their series against Pakistan in UAE which begins in January. The team's success in reaching the top spot, including consecutive Ashes series victories, has made them an attractive commercial product.

Also, unlike other countries that are struggling to attract crowds that is not a problem for the English game. Earlier this week tickets for The Oval test against South Africa went on public sale and 21,000 were snapped up in the first three hours.

"This is excellent news for all supporters of Test cricket and a further boost for our five-day game following the England team's recent achievement in becoming the world's number one ranked Test side," David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said. "Investec are an established brand with extensive experience in the sports sponsorship field and we are delighted that they have made such a significant, long-term commitment to promoting Test cricket in this country.

"The extent of their investment reflects the fact that our five day game continues to command very significant audiences - both at home where we achieved record attendances for international cricket in 2011 and abroad where the England team is gaining increased exposure in markets such as Asia, South Africa and Australia.

Investec has previously been a key sponsor of English rugby - there was a wry smile on the face of Raymond van Niekerk, the global marketing director, in light of the recent controversies engulfing the Rugby Football Union - and they become only the third title sponsor of Test cricket in England following Cornhill and npower.

"If you get involved with any sponsorship you have to take a long-term view," said van Niekerk. "For us, two or three years in is only the beginning. It also gives certainty to the partners that we are serious."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by bumsonseats on (November 25, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

ashwini raju kumar i think u should wait till after the oz trip. before making that assumption. i expect to score to be 2 0 in favour of the aussies. which will put u way down the pecking order. dpk

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 25, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

added to the 300 million sky put into the pot. more than enough to keep us top test league. ups! and the t20 + t20 world cup winners. lovely jubley. dpk

Posted by chith on (November 25, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

Zebra is the symbol of Investec bank

Posted by   on (November 25, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

Indian Test team is already on its way back to the top. ECB should milk the cow while they can.

Posted by 5wombats on (November 24, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

Looks like someones' played pin the tail on the zebra.... and missed. @yorkshirematt - LOL!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

good news for england should help development of the game and suport the england team. Anyone know why its a zebra ?

Posted by indyarox on (November 24, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Test Cricket is alive only in England and to some extent in Australia. Even in South Africa a mouth watering contest didnt get more than average crowds.The less said about India, Srilanka the better. Hope England remain on the top for the sake of Test Cricket.

Posted by dkirby on (November 24, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

Is that the latest South African addition to the England side?

Posted by amclean on (November 24, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Remember too that Investec sponsored the Media Centre at Lord's for a few seasons so this in not entirely new ground. Investec was also the first sponsor to turn its logo on the bowler's run up upside down (when England toured Sri Lanka), so it was visible when the spinners were bowling - i.e. most of the time. Great outcome for the ECB and for the England team which now has a sponsor of South African origin to match its players.

Posted by Sixgun on (November 24, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

Lol, A South African Investment Bank sponsoring the English cricket team aswell. Lol

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