Cricket ousted at Bank sports day

Cricket's long innings as the centrepiece of the Bank of England's summer sports day has ended following the arrival of governor Mark Carney.

Lord King, pictured with Geoffrey Boycott outside the Bank of England, favoured cricket during his tenure
Lord King, pictured with Geoffrey Boycott outside the Bank of England, favoured cricket during his tenure

Canadian-born Mr Carney, who took over at the central bank last July, asked his 3,500 staff what they wanted to play this year and rounders, three-legged races and a tug-of-war topped the poll, knocking out cricket.

The convention of playing cricket at the sports day, which is due to be held this Sunday at its grounds in Roehampton, south-west London, goes back at least 15 years, and was particularly loved by the last governor Lord King, who was a keen fan of the game as well as Aston Villa Football Club.

It is thought that staff wanted to play a game that was less exclusive, less technical and used less equipment.

A spokesman for the Bank said: "The arrangements for the day were left in the hands of staff. They chose a number of other sports to play such as rounders and a tug-of-war."

The spokesman was keen to stress that the staff would be playing British rounders, rather than American softball this weekend.

In the past Lord King's cricket teams have included a number of famous ex-professionals such as Graeme Hick, the Zimbabwean-born batsman who represented England in 65 Tests.

Mr Carney has introduced a number of changes to the Bank in a bid to modernise the 320-year-old institution over the last 12 months.

The new governor has promoted women to a number of senior roles and introduced forward guidance in a bid to warn the markets ahead of key policy changes.

Sunday promises to be a memorable day of sport with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the second stage of the Tour de France in Yorkshire and the men's tennis final at Wimbledon.