The ECB has announced new recommendations for junior formats and pitch lengths for the 2019 season.
The new measures will come into effect in school, club and performance cricket from April 1.
The changes follow a three year ECB research project, findings from other nations including Australia and New Zealand and consultation with counties, clubs, schools and leagues.
To read the abstract for the research study behind the changes please open the the document below:
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) chief executive Steve Silk said he welcomed the new innovations.
He said: “The recommended formats will give children a great experience of playing cricket, allowing them to develop skills in an age and stage appropriate environment. These formats are designed to help young players progress at their own pace and play in games which are best suited to their age and/or ability.”
The recommendations will ensure matches have:
- The appropriate number of players in a team to allow all players to be actively involved.
- The appropriate length of pitch to allow bowlers and batters to progressively develop their skills, including running between the wickets.
- Appropriate boundary sizes to experience success, while also highlighting the importance of fielding.
- Appropriate game length to keep players engaged but also allows opportunity for skill to develop.
For full details of the recommendations please click the link below: