According to Alastair Cook crowd support acts as a gratuity and helps the team to perform better © Getty Images
According to Alastair Cook crowd support acts as a gratuity and helps the team to perform better © Getty Images (representational photos)

England cricket board (ECB) has urged the English fans to show support for the team in matches that are scheduled to take place in 2016. They expect support similar to what was witnessed in the Ashes 2015. In May 2016 England will play Sri Lanka during the latter’s trip to Headingley. Their schedule ends with a Natwest T20 match against Pakistan on September 7’ 2016. Alastair Cook had lauded English supporters for their rousing support in the recently concluded series. He said that the support was beneficial and helped England to dominate Australia throughout the series. English fans were right on top in the series and supported England relentlessly even in the lone Test that they lost. READ: Pakistan to tour England in 2016, confirm ECB

In a conversation with eurosport.co.uk ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said, “Alastair Cook was absolutely right to acknowledge the contribution of England’s fans to our Ashes success. They have been unwavering in their support this summer and we would urge as many as possible to return to our international venues next summer – and get behind our men’s and women’s teams in large numbers once again. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also attract strong support from their own communities in this country, which all adds up to another exciting summer of international action played in front of packed houses for all three formats of the game.” ALSO READ: ICC Champions Trophy 2017: ECB proposes three possible venues for the tournament

ECB’s Major Match Group found out the split of games that were to be played between 2012-2016 and now it has been consequently awarded as fixtures for the 2017-19 cycle.