Jersey Cricket announces strategic plan for three years

Jersey team with the trophy © Jersey Cricket

Jersey Cricket has announced the strategic plan for the next three years from 2022-25, including plans for the national team and the pathways system. The plan includes establishing fit-for-purpose facilities, developing a high-performance hub on the island and developing future Jersey cricketers. 

From 2020-21, Jersey women’s Elite Performance has grown to include a four-team Premier League, a senior squad of 17 players, the U14 squad of 24 players and a Lionesses Academy squad of eight players. The strategic plan aims to increase this involvement to the next level. 

John Harris, Chairman of Jersey Cricket, expressed his views on the announcement of the strategic plan. “I am delighted to commend this refreshed Jersey Cricket strategy to all our stakeholders and the wider community,” he said. 

 “We have worked hard as a new Board to establish our key priorities and reinvigorate what cricket in Jersey has to offer to everyone, emphasising wider participation whilst also targeting yet further our international competitive performance in which our success in recent years has done so much to put Jersey cricket on the map in world terms.”

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The key objectives of the plan for the senior team include meeting the ICC requirement of 8 domestic teams in 2023. This will help Jersey to have a shot at entry to the ICC World Cup pathway tournaments from 2024. Another aim includes improving the quality and experience of the senior team through match and training programmes. 

Jersey Cricket also aims to increase the number and quality of players progressing from the Age Group pathway to the national squad. The strategic plan also aims to establish an academy programme for the most promising young players by 2023. Jersey will also introduce age group squads at U11, U13 and U15 levels with winter and summer programmes.

Harris also reiterated Jersey Cricket’s commitment to women’s cricket. “Not only is our aspiration to enhance this in the men’s game but increasingly to facilitate the same opportunities for our women cricketers in future years. These aims and ambitions are all fully recognised and expressed in the Strategy,” he concluded.