London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of events Steve Elworthy has revealed that they are considering plans to hold International matches behind closed doors where no more than 500 people will be allowed.
As England is scheduled to host West Indies, Pakistan for full tours followed by limited-overs series against Australia and Ireland, Elworthy guaranteed that the plans will be made keeping in mind the safety of all the stakeholders involved.
“We’re mapping out what international matches would look like behind closed doors. The advice around mass gatherings was 500 people or fewer. That was guided by the potential impact on critical services like paramedics and doctors.” Elworthy said in an interview with “The Guardian”.
“You would likely have to work within that number, which includes teams, match officials, support staff, broadcasters and media, commercial partners, safety and security teams then you have to think about medical provisions, creating a safe and sterile environment around that venue, so that everyone who comes in is clear,” he added.
It must be noted that ECB has postponed all professional cricket in the country till May 28 which includes T20 Blast, domestic One-day competition, County championships, the newest tournament Hundred due to coronavirus pandemic.