2015 was the inaugural year of the campaign, but already the number of games played across the country was up six per cent and the number of games cancelled was down by five per cent. Our sport works better, and keeps more people interested when we’re out on the field playing it.
When players, captains, groundsmen, officials, coaches, league and club officials work together and have a positive mind set to get the game on, everyone wins. Having a positive mind set to find a way to play and inspiring others to make a real difference by getting out and getting the game on.
Over the past three years 70,000 players have had their say in the National Cricket Playing survey, telling us about the type of cricket they would like to play in the future. Off the back of this valuable feedback ECB has created a ‘League Blueprint’ for open age weekend cricket.
The Blueprint can be used to create the ‘players league’, if players could design a cricket league this is how it would look and feel. Leagues are being encouraged to ‘be a game changer’ and embrace the recommendations in the Blueprint to improve players satisfaction and help keep more players on the pitch and enjoying the game.
When it comes to the cricket season, cricket needs everyone to be prepared on game day by playing their part to ensure as many fixtures as possible are completed. Together we can meet the challenges the game faces and get the best out of the sport we all love to play. Every ball, every run, every wicket, every game counts.