The ECB have recently launched a consultation to help better engage the South Asian community. They want to hear views on how to shape its work in this area and enable greater engagement. Its initial findings document Engaging South Asian communities with cricket outlines its approach which will feed into a series of workshops around the country this summar. Whether you play or don't play ECB want to hear your views.
London - The Oval Cricket Ground, Harleyford St, London SE11 5SS, Thursday 13 July, 6pm-8.30pm.
Birmingham - Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Rd, Birmingham B5 7QU, Sunday 16 July, 12pm-2.30pm (free tickets for the T20 match between Birmingham Bears and Leicestershire Foxes immediately after the workshop).
Dewsbury - Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DG, Monday 17 July, 7pm-9.30pm (free T20 Blast tickets for all attendees).
Bradford - Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Rd, Bradford BD8 8BD, 60 Carlisle Rd, Bradford BD8 8BD, Tuesday 18 July, 7pm-9.30pm (free T20 Blast tickets for all attendees).
Leicester - Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester LE2 8AD, Wednesday 19 July, 6pm-8.30pm (Raffle for T20 Family Bundle Tickets on every table: 3 T20 home matches for 2 adults and 3 under 16s).
Manchester - Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX, Thursday 20 July, 6pm-8.30pm (Free T20 Blast tickets for all attendees - Lancashire Lightning v Durham Jets, Sunday 23 July).
East London - Hainault and Calyhall Cricket Club, Jack Carter Pavilion, Oakfield playing fields, Ilford IG6 2GL, Oakfield Playing fields, Ilford IG6 2GL, Tuesday 25 July, 7pm-9.30pm (meet and greet Ashar Zaidi, Mohammad Amir, Ravi Bopara plus others).
Sheffield - venue TBC, Wednesday 23 August.
If you would like to attend a workshop, please email your name to email@example.com with the location in the subject line.
At each of these events, ECB will listen to your views try and understand the barriers, listen to what is going well, what is missing and what new ideas we could introduce?
Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle to win 4 VIP tickets to England vs India or Pakistan in the summer of 2018. All events will also have free food and drink, and attendees will get the chance to meet players and receive free tickets to a local T20 Blast match (see below).
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