ECB takes steps to block future Stanfords

March 12th, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 12(IANS) After a bitter experience with American billionaire Allen Stanford, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke is all set to introduce a new fit and proper persons test as part of a wide ranging review of the sport’s future.
Partly in response to a challenge from culture secretary Andy Burnham earlier this week, Clarke and the ECB’s chief executive, David Collier have outlined a series of key reforms in the way the game is governed, including improved representation for women at the highest levels and independent input into a new five-year strategic plan.

Burnham has challenged major sports to reassess their relationship with money and ensure more is invested at the grassroots, the Guardian reports.

In a meeting with Clarke and Collier later the same day, he raised concerns about the long-term health of the county game and the lack of a test for backers of the national team and owners of counties.

Following a board meeting earlier Thursday, Clarke said the ECB would work far more closely with government in an attempt to tackle the issues raised and will address them in its forthcoming review.

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