When the sanctions placed upon Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) were made known, the whole of the local, regional and national media were aghast at the severity and depth of this punishment, allegedly for being in debt. There have been numerous attempts to get a reasonable answer from ECB for such severe punishment, a level almost unparalleled in any sport, for much greater breaches than this, but seemingly to no avail.
These questions to ECB include serious requests for answers and concessions, from all the disbelieving media; questions in Parliament by local MP Kevan Jones and many other local MPs; a meeting with ECB by two Peers – Lord Radice and Dame Hillary Armstrong (both former local MPs); many thousands of people named on a petition submitted to ECB; and more recently a further request from Kevan Jones MP.
After such a long period, with no apparent answers or promises of reconsideration from ECB, it seemed to be time to do something different to rally support for Durham CCC.
Donations – we believe that EVERY £ Donated by fair minded sports-people is a very clear indication to ECB that they should listen to the almost universal concerns at the so very harsh treatment of Durham CCC. This is also an attempt to help DCCC financially – when faced with such unfair financially de-stabilising ECB imposed sanctions.
We submit that these sanctions are so unfair and especially harsh and destabilising to a Cricket County that has done so much in recent years for “Cricket England” and other counties all over the UK. It cannot be lost on people that Surrey immediately came in and took two of Durham’s finest young players. In addition, many other counties have products of Durham’s output of young players from their outstanding Academy development system. England have had players like Stephen Harmison, Paul Collingwood, Simon Brown, Phil Mustard, Liam Plunkett, Graeme Onions and Scott Borthwick from Durham. The current England setup includes Ben Stokes, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings. DCCC have also had many players in the younger age group England squads.
In a social media piece Jason Gillespie (former Yorkshire CCC Coach) said “A tough day for Durham no doubt. Feel for them. They are the most successful county across all comps last decade”.
We stress: “how else can Durham CCC get out of their current financial situation saddled with such destructive and destabilising financial penalties and conditions as imposed by ECB?”
Please help us get ECB to recognise this. For it’s ”Just Not Cricket”!