The Draft

The Online Magazine

The Autumn Issue is out Now

Issue One - Autumn 2020

TheDraft is a new online magazine. TheDraft will report on and analyse the changing world of cricket. Some of the articles in the first issue are described below

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An IPL Primer

Dr Siddhartha K. Rastogi is Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management and has spent years carrying out research into the factors that impact upon the values and salaries of players in the Indian Premier League. He outlines his results in this important article.

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LBW Decisions: How biased are they?

Dr. Abhinav Sacheti, Dr. Ian Gregory-Smith and Professor David Paton analyse data on LBW decisions from a sample of 40 One Day International (ODI) played between 2015 and 2017, split between 20 matches where the Decision Review System (DRS) was used and 20 matches where it was not used.

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How Green is my Ground? Sustainable Cricket

Beddington Cricket Club, 150 years old and South London based, has joined the twenty first century shift to renewable energy after installing a solar PV array and battery storage. Gurudas Natu of the University of Buckingham, looks at how cricket is scoring in the green revolution.

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Howzat Eh! Cricket in Canada

The inaugural Global T20 Canada competition which ran from June 28 to July 15, 2018 was the first to be fully staged in North America and the first time a nation with associate member status launched a league. John Stephenson, co-founder and editor of TheDraft evaluates the first two seasons of The GlobalT20 and looks ahead to 2020. The article considers whether or not the league will prove to be an important step forward in cricket’s global development

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Feeding the Fans

We interview Michael Lambert, a life long cricket fan and co-founder of TheDraft, about the importance of top level catering in cricket. Michael's company Wells Farm Fine Foods supplies cricket institutions such as the Marylebone Cricket Club and the Lords Taverners.

Nominate a Club

Thirty Three local cricket clubs in England have been nominated to receive a donation of £150 from Cricket Investor in association with Wells Farm Fine Foods partner of TheDraft to support their activities. We will profile the nominated clubs in future issues of TheDraft.

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Cricket Investor aims to promote and support the development of cricket worldwide in order to empower individuals and communities. A transparent proportion of the company’s income will be donated to cricket related charities and to amateur clubs around the world.

Cricket Investor will help promote cricket themed brands and products including apparel, equipment and foodstuffs as well as academies, players and coaches. Five percent of the proceeds from the sales revenue of the company will be donated back into the game.

Cricket Investor will make cricket business news available on a regular basis on its website, but will also produce an  online magazine TheDraft which will carry features on cricket business, on the work of academics and issues concerned with player management and development.  

Cricket Investor will use its extensive database of cricket clubs and officials throughout the world to help promote companies  who share the company’s social objectives.

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Nominate a Club to receive £150

The Nominate a Club Program aims to support grass roots cricket and is managed by Cricket Investoin association with its business partner Wells Farm Fine Foods. The first round of the scheme led to the nomination of 33 clubs in England across 14 counties, one of which will receive a gift of £150  and a donation of the high quality fresh produce from  Wells Farm from the Marquess of Abergavenny's Estate in Kent.  

The officials and members of nominated clubs will also receive gratis a year's subscription to the TheDraft magazine, Cricket Investor's quarterly insight into the World of the Business of Cricket and regular email updates of the work carried out by Cricket Investor and other organisations to develop the game and to empower individuals and communities across the world.

The clubs will be assessed across a number of criteria including the state of the ground, support for womens cricket, children and youth policies, disabled access, sustainability and engagement with the community.

The winner of the first donation in 2020 will be presented by Michael Lambert, chairman of Wells Farms Fine Foods, suppliers of high quality produce to many cricket clubs in England including the MCC and the Lords Taverners.

The winning club will be profiled in the following edition of The Draft after the award.

The cricket clubs currently in the running to receive the first donation are listed below:

Clubs nominated as at July 2020

Langley Mill CC Balcombe CC
Chatteris CC Lindfield CC
Sulhamstead & Ufton CC Plumtree CC
Bournemouth CC Cottingham CC
Purton CC Upwood CC
Felbridge and Sunnyside CC Town Malling CC
Bramley CC Weybridge CC
Sewerby Corsham CC
Notts Unity Casuals CC Pevensey CC
Illminster CC Eastbourne CC
West Chiltington and Takeham CC
Offham CC
Pocklington CC Over CC
The Wimbledon CC Kirby Portland CC
Burgess Hill CC Hellingly CC
Wormelow CC Sarisbury Athletic CC


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