Michael Atherton. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)LONDON: The lack of Black players in county cricket is "clearly not good enough" according to former England captain Michael Atherton. A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University this year found that there were only nine Black players competing in county cricket last season, down from 33 in 1995. "When I started playing in the early 90s the ration was about one in 12 or one in 15," Atherton said on the "Cricket, on the Inside" webinar in conjunction with the Lord's Taverners and Black Opal. "Now you can count them on the fingers of two hands, maybe six or seven. "It's a complex issue to explain and there are all
LONDON: England's first-class county teams will be allowed to field two, rather than one, overseas-registered player in next season's domestic championship and Royal London Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday. The decision was made by the ECB's Board after a recommendation by the Performance Cricket Committee. "There is an important balance to be struck to ensure the need for good foreign players in county cricket and providing opportunity for nine England-qualified players in each county team," the ECB's Performance Cricket Committee (PCC) chair Andrew Strauss said in a statement. "There are clearly long-established benefits for our domestic players to compete against and learn from the best players from across the world in addition to providing
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday gave the nod for professional men's county cricket to start its season on August 1. The men's County Championship was initially scheduled to start on April 12, with 10 rounds scheduled up to Aug. 1, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its approval for the professional men’s county cricket season to begin on 1 August.— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) 1593442803000The fixtures and the format for the season is to be decided by the 18 first-class counties in a meeting in early July.
NEW DELHI: Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Sunday praised Wasim Jaffer and Murali Kartik, saying that the duo extended their love for the sport through stints in Ranji Trophy and county cricket respectively. Laxman shared a photo of Jaffer and Kartik as part of his initiative of paying tribute to his teammates who influenced him immensely. "They didn't play for India as much as they should have, but @WasimJaffer14 and @kartikmurali extended their romance with the sport through Ranji Trophy and county cricket respectively. They are the pioneers of a generation that chose to write its own cricketing destiny," Laxman tweeted. They didn’t play for India as much as they should have, but @WasimJaffer14 and @kartikmurali extended their romance…