ECB launch play hard, play fair and stay in the game
The Lancashire Cricket Board jointly with Lancashire County Cricket Club recently wrote to all regulated cricket clubs in Lancashire through its networks about improving standards of discipline and behaviour of cricketers at all levels.
More recently on 02 June the ECB and MCC announced a new joint initiative – ‘play hard, play fair and stay in the game’ – aimed at improving standards of behaviour in junior cricket.
The initiative, which is also supported by the PCA, ESCA and the HMC schools, has been devised to help educate youngsters about the challenges they may face as players or as captains and promote a wider acceptance and understanding of the ‘spirit of cricket.’
Andrew Hayhurst, LCB Director, said: “I’m pleased the ECB and MCC have formally announced this new joint initiative, with the firm backing of bodies like the PCA, ESCA and the HMC schools. We accept that the majority of cricketers do play within the spirit of the game and, indeed, the game itself is in good shape, but this initiative backs our original message and is designed to help in particular juniors where we continually need to promote and instil fair play and good behaviour.”
ECB head of non-first-class cricket Paul Bedford said: “As well as learning that cricket is a fun and enjoyable sport, we want all young cricketers in whatever competitive situation they are in to understand that they have a crucial role to play in upholding the game’s historic reputation for fair play.
“There is no place for bad behaviour in cricket and this initiative is designed to help teach the next generation of players about the importance of showing respect to your opponents, match officials, coaches, scorers and spectators.”
MCC’s head of cricket John Stephenson said: “MCC is delighted to be working in partnership with the ECB to deliver this new initiative, which will help to ensure thousands of young people adopt the spirit of cricket principles of playing hard and fair.
“MCC spirit of cricket represents a central force for good in the game at all levels – from the grassroots to the Test match arena – and has been embraced by the world’s finest players. We hope this new initiative helps young cricketers to learn about the benefits of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship, and encourages them to win and lose magnanimously.”