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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
England focus for strategic plan
Graphic of England cricketers and David Collier

Counties will be financially rewarded for producing players who are qualified to represent England, a new strategic plan has revealed.

The blueprint was unveiled by England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier on Tuesday.

The move seeks to put an end to the flood of players signed under Kolpak terms or European passports.

"It will be around 200 per day per England-qualified player, which equates to 20,000 per player," Collier said.

"We're going to be rewarding all counties for performance analysis of England-qualified players.

"It's going to be a tremendous boost, in terms of the number of England-qualified players and for our selectors who will have a full performance analysis video record of every single England-qualified player in every single match."

KEY POINTS OF STRATEGIC PLAN
Reducing governance of the ECB to three committees - cricket, finance and commercial - by 2006
Providing performance-related payments to counties for producing England players
Aiming to increase domestic audiences by 15% over four years
Developing a 5 million interest-free loan to grass roots clubs over the next four years
Developing heroes - three superstars known by 10% of population by 2009

The unveiling of Collier's strategic plan - at a school in Middlesex - was attended by national captains Michael Vaughan and Clare Connor.

Vaughan said: "I'm certainly happy with the performance-related development of the county scene, counties getting rewarded for developing English-based players.

"The crucial facts of the last year or so are that England has had a number of heroes for the kids to look up to - there are a lot of people talking about cricket now."

Collier has set ambitious targets for the national sides.

"We want our men's, women's and disability teams to be number one or two in both the Test and one-day games by 2009.

"Clearly we have made huge progress on that. The women recently reached the World Cup semi-finals and the men are rated two in the World Test Championship.

"Clearly we want to climb the ladder with the one-day side in preparation for the 2007 World Cup but we have made progress in recent years."

Counties, meanwhile, will also be requested to redirect up to 80% of their income on developing young cricketers.

"We will be announcing a 5 million community fund that will create facilities at club level and we will also announce 20,000 school visits," Collier added.

"We need the facilities to bring the children into the clubs after that. We will be enhancing artificial turf pitches and clubhouses throughout the country which we believe will be a tremendous boost."

Collier has kept himself out of the limelight since his appointment as the ECB's successor to Tim Lamb in October 2004.

He avoided criticism surrounding the Sky TV deal and the Zimbabwe crisis, but this is his opportunity to put his mark on English cricket.




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