Leicestershire County Cricket Club and The Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board are going to merge under the title of Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket from the first of October 2014.
The constitutions of the two organisations will remain the same and an overarching governing body for cricket in Leicestershire and Rutland has been agreed by both organisations and The England and Wales Cricket Board.
The Memorandum of Understanding for both organisations from the England and Wales Cricket Board charges them to work closely with each other to develop not only the professional game of cricket but also the recreational game across both counties. Both organisations to work together in the community and to be relevant to the community.
To achieve this the Boards of both organisations agreed to merge as Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket. There will a Board of two from the Leicestershire County Cricket Club and two from the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board. A Chief Executive who will be Chief Executive of both the Leicestershire County Cricket Club and the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board.
As part of the restructure there will be a Financial Manager and a Community Development Officer responsible for both organisations. The Player Pathway administration will pass to the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket will help to develop cricket in the two counties at schools, youth, clubs and villages right through to becoming professional cricketers.
Leicestershire has a record of producing first class cricketers who go on to represent England at Under 19, Lions and Test level. With all the attractions available to youngsters today we need to provide them with every opportunity to play cricket and fulfil their ambitions at all levels
We also have to be relevant in the community. The Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board are doing excellent work with schools, clubs and leagues. They have built a platform from which Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket can achieve even more success.