High targets set by the ECB
A four-year plan aimed at unprecedented success for English cricket was unveiled today. In no particular order of priority the players have been charged with winning the Ashes in 2015 and 2017, the World Cup in 2015, the World Test Championship in 2017 and the Women's World Cup in 2017.
The targets were set out in the England and Wales Cricket Board's latest strategy document, Champion Counties.
It also intends to try to increase county attendances by 200,000, increasing county fee payments to £2m a year, and provide £8.1m for ground improvements. The ECB has set aside £10m for interest-free loans for clubs and £2m to combat the impact of climate change.
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