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Re: End of first class University Cricket
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 16/12/2019 21:46
Although the line-ups that universities have tended to field against counties has rarely been of a great standard since I began following cricket, it is a pity that it seems that ECB will cease finding the universities, as it is a scheme which has saved many players from having to choose between education and cricket, and has enabled players to gain qualifications which could be important for life post-cricket.

I would have thought that the rationale behind ECB’s decision to end the funding is because the line-ups are often of a low standard, and because they have used up a lot of their reserves on The Hundred.

Universities cricket used to be funded by MCC, but I think that they felt that, as private members’ club, they shouldn't be expected to take responsibility for the scheme, which is why ECB took over.

I am glad to say that I am struggling to name many cricketers who have taken their own lives in the last 20 years. However, I don’t think that suicide was so rare in previous eras. I wonder how much of this improvement is testament to how the universities scheme and the work of PCA has helped prepare players for the challenges that they may face when their career comes to an end.

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