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Cricket set for £30m infrastructure funding

The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced a £30 million investment package which will infrastructure improvements made across all county grounds.

The investment is the biggest ever cash injection into the English game and will see floodlighting and state-of-the-art drainage systems installed at all grounds.

Around £9 million is earmarked for floodlighting at all county grounds and £6 million on constructing drainage systems international venues and eventually all counties. There will also be a considerable investment in community clubs and coaching.

The package is funded primarily by increases in broadcasting revenue, sponsorship and gate receipts over recent years.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: “Cricket in England and Wales has never seen this level of financial support and it is entirely due to the strong relationships with all the game's partners of broadcasters, sponsors and spectators.”