Success in cricket often comes down to the basics. Between 2015 and 2017 the ECB engaged in extensive research into how we can help children aged 8-11 develop the skills that will stay with them for life, alongside helping them to understand the most important part of the game: fun!
A big aim of the junior format recommendations is to ensure children can continue the progress they’ve been making at the same time as having fun. With that in mind, the ECB have created match formats that are inclusive and play to the abilities of the age group. Fewer players means more action for each participant, while a smaller playing area and a faster pace of play allows fielders, bowlers and batters to enjoy more meaningful moments in each match.