2022 a big year in cricket for ECB, Yorkshire, England Women, Josh Bohannon and Lauren Bell | Cricket News


The 2022 England Women’s Calendar includes Women’s Ashes, the 50 Over World Cup and the Commonwealth Games

It’s 2022 as far as England’s test team is concerned after suffering a record nine losses in a 2021 retribution, but who else is ready for a great year of cricket?

England and Wales Cricket Board

Last year can hardly be described as a vintage year for England’s governing body of cricket, although the inaugural edition of Hundred managed to captivate most observers.

The ECB was criticized by the prime minister for its alleged overreaction to Ollie Robinson’s historic discriminatory tweets, then threatened government intervention for not going far enough in handling the Yorkshire racist scandal.

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison says he wants to lead cricket through its racist scandal

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ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison says he wants to lead cricket through its racist scandal

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison says he wants to lead cricket through its racist scandal

Leaving aside the ‘which way does the wind blow?’ To hear some of the political positions, the ECB has recognized that the way the game is administered can lead to disparity and in the summer of 2022 the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket – announced in March 2021 – will deliver its recommendations, that many hope has the potential to foment real change at all levels.

Elsewhere, the ECB begins the year by facing a family complaint, that its embrace of white ball cricket and related financial rewards are taking the scales too far from the test format.

As some of this mildly spoken but pointed criticism has come from England’s leading wicket-taker – who worked hard during another Ashes humiliation at the age of 39 – ears may have to start pricking. .

England women

If England’s stock of women’s cricket has never been higher – another tick for the Hundred – then a wealthy 2022 represents an opportunity for its international players to cash in.

The first is The Ashes, a points series played in all three formats in Australia: a test match, followed by three T20 internationals and then three one-day internationals.

Heather Knight's team begins the Ashes campaign in late January

Heather Knight’s team begins the Ashes campaign in late January

After winning the series for the last time in 2014 – home defeats in 2015 and 2019 marked a draw in Australia in 2017 – England have named a 17-player squad led by Heather Knight and, for the first time , an accompanying “A” team that includes teen star in the making Alice Capsey.

On top of that, a 50 over World Cup defense won in 2017 begins in March, live on Sky Sports, with the summer bringing a first appearance for cricket at the Commonwealth Games – held in Birmingham this year – from 1998.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire face a major rebuilding phase in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq affair, both on and off the pitch.

Outside of it, they need to reactivate and rebuild trust with their communities and the game in general, proving that the club is one for all cricketers, regardless of your background, and that the poisonous atmosphere Rafiq described in his heartbreaking testimony to the DCMS committee he was uprooted forever.

The ECB says Yorkshire is suspended from hosting international or major matches until it has “clearly demonstrated that it can meet the standards set by an international headquarters, ECB member and first-rate county”.

England Test captain Joe Root says new Yorkshire cricket director Darren Gough can pass on his expertise to the next generation of players

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England Test captain Joe Root says new Yorkshire cricket director Darren Gough can pass on his expertise to the next generation of players

England Test captain Joe Root says new Yorkshire cricket director Darren Gough can pass on his expertise to the next generation of players

Headingley is expected to organize England’s third and final test against New Zealand in June and also the third one-day international against South Africa in July, so it remains to be seen if that will happen.

The Yorkshire fallout saw 16 staff members behind the scenes, including cricket director Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale, leave as part of the “significant change” that new president Lord Patel says is needed.

Yorkshire legend Darren Gough has been named interim chief executive and has vowed to make the club “a better and more inclusive venue”. Success on the ground is definitely the secondary challenge in 2022.

Josh Bohannon

With Test’s British batting lineup often collapsing over the past 12 months – and for much longer, to be honest – there may be opportunities for new faces.

Will Josh Bohannon make his England debut in 2022?

Will Josh Bohannon make his England debut in 2022?

Lancashire’s Bohannon could be one of them, with former England assistant manager and now Warwickshire sporting director Paul Farbrace calling the 24-year-old an “up and coming” talent with the ability to beat long.

“Bohannon beat Warwickshire for a day and a half last summer playing forward when the ball was thrown up and back when it was short,” said Farbrace of the Bolton-born player. Daily mail.

Bohannon amassed 853 points in 14 games for Lancashire last season averaging over 53, with two centuries – 170 from 334 deliveries against Farbrace’s Warwickshire and 127 not out of 277 deliveries in an inning win against Roses rivals. in Yorkshire – and another five fifties.

The right-hander marked half a century on Lions’ recent tour of Australia and he hopes to return to winning all the international titles soon.

Lauren Bell

Nicknamed The Shard due to its massive structure, Bell, 21, was a massive presence for runner-up Southern Brave at the inaugural edition of The Hundred.

Bell took 12 wickets for Brave at an economic rate of less than seven, with two of those scalps coming up against the Oval Invincibles in the final.

Lauren Bell is in the England mix after impressing in the inaugural edition of The Hundred

Lauren Bell is in the England mix after impressing in the inaugural edition of The Hundred

The pace confused Invincibles stars Dane van Niekerk and Capsey with slower balls on the back of their hand in the Lord’s showpiece after spending much of the competition unleashing devastating swingers.

Bell’s wide range of skills should help her transition to international cricket, and she’ll be part of the England Women’s Ashes tour earlier this year, albeit in Team A versus the first team party.

However, there is room for players to move to the main squad, so an England debut in The Ashes isn’t out of the question, while if that doesn’t materialize, Bell is hoping to push for a place on the squad for the 50-over. Following World Cup or T20 games at the Commonwealth Games.

Bell undoubtedly garnered a lot playing alongside Anya Shrubsole in Brave. He may soon be teaming up with his seamer mate for England and may continue to be his long-term replacement.

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