Derbyshire approve proposed change to ECB Articles of Association

Thursday 13th April 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

Chairman Ian Morgan OBE has confirmed that the Supervisory Board of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has unanimously approved a change to the ECB Articles of Association, in order to facilitate a new Twenty20 competition in England and Wales.

The club has attended many consultative meeting with the ECB over the last 18 months and held a meeting with its Members to discuss the implications of the new competition, which is set to be introduced in 2020.

Morgan said: “The Supervisory Board has unanimously supported the change to the ECB Articles of Association to pave the way for a new Twenty20 tournament.

“The number of people who follow, watch and play the game is not where we would like it. We know that the recreational game is under pressure from the ever growing list of new sports and activities it has to compete with, so we have to attract new people to the game at all levels

“The majority of people who watch cricket today are of the older generation, and we must get a younger audience through our doors. As we’ve seen with the Big Bash League in Australia and the Indian Premier League, a tournament of that nature can attract more families with young children to watch and go on to play cricket.

“The new city based T20 competition is all part of the ECB’s ‘Cricket Unleashed’ strategy. Cricket needs to attract boys and girls to the game through the All Stars Cricket programme, and a new Twenty20 competition will offer a box office experience that will gain greater exposure on mobile devices, tablets, as well as television.”

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