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ECB sets ambitious trophy targets

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 21, 2013

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Andrew Strauss with a replica Ashes urn after England secured a 3-1 win, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day, January 7, 2011
Ashes victory is not the only thing on the ECB's wishlist over the next four years © PA Photos
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The England cricket teams have been given the target of securing four major prizes in a three-year period from 2015. It starts with the World Cup and Ashes in that year followed by the World Test Championship and Women's World Cup in 2017, which will both be hosted in England, although there is no mention of World Twenty20 events.

On a domestic level, the ECB has set a target of increasing domestic attendances across the three formats by 200,000 by 2017. The target is a part of their new strategic plan, called "Champion Counties" for 2014-17, which was announced at Lord's on Tuesday.

Next year will see another restructuring of the county programme to try and bring a more coherent schedule to the season while the YB40 will become a 50-over competition to mirror one-day internationals.

Additional funding will also be made available to the counties to improve facilities such as floodlights and replays screens while the 18 first-class counties are set to receive payments of £144 million between 2014 and 2017.

On a participation level they want to increase numbers to just under 200,000 by 2017 (currently it stands at 183,400) and target a 10% increase in the women's and disability game.

The ECB also revealed that by 2017, they want to stage a youth Twenty20 tournament involving up to 500 teams and they will continue to help clubs impacted by flooding with £2million made available.

Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, said: "The economic challenges in recent years have demanded that all businesses reassess their priorities and achieve more with less. Cricket is no exception to this challenge.

"During the past two years, ECB has conducted a widespread review of its expenditure and, as a result, the central costs of the game have decreased as a percentage of our total expenditure. First-class Counties have submitted business plans to support ECB's investment of £18 million in our county game and, in partnership with Sport England, targets have been set to sustain participation in our club and community game."

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Posted by RandyOZ on (May 22, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

With a 0-7 whitewash by the Lions at the hand of 3rd string Australian state sides, how could they possible think they will win anything in 2015? Maybe they have another string poaching plan that we don't know about.

Posted by kingkarthik on (May 22, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Just like the ECB. Being irrelevant and out dated. When the ODI game is in the threshold of being scrapped, they are planning to win the World Cup..... kind of like buying a Nokia Symbian phone in the era of smartphones. The aspiration for test championship is however commendable.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 22, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@Aaron Kumar on (May 21, 2013, 18:08 GMT), that's some really deep think there. The first paragraph mentions four prizes with two of them being related to Test cricket and one of them being related to women's cricket so, even if the men's WC was out of reach, how does that make the other three "laughable at best"? You wouldn't be having a dig at England just because you don't like England when you really have no idea what you're talking about, would you? Shall we rename you RandyIN or whatever suffix is appropriate?

Posted by hotcric01 on (May 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@Aaron Kumar,They have won the t20 world cup in 2010.So if they can stick with a good plan,they can win more trophies.Now English cricketers have adapted well to the Shorter versions of the game.They have a decent record in shorter formats over the last couple of years.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

It is good to dream I suppose! But considering England haven't made a World Cup Final since 1992, these ECB "ambitions" are laughable at best.

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