ECB delays professional domestic cricket until August 1

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Manchester: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has further delayed the start of the professional domestic cricket season until August 1.

According to the details, the decision has been taken following the directives from the UK government.

The Professional Game Group (PGG) will now recommend a number of opportunities for domestic play to the ECB Board in June.

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These plans include a number of options for both red-ball and white-ball cricket including matches played at all First Class Grounds, the use of a regional group model, as well as consideration for matches, played behind closed doors or with a limited number of supporters while strictly adhering to Government guidance on social distancing. The working group is also exploring options where non-televised games can be live-streamed for members and supporters.

 

It must be noted here that England has to host West Indies and Pakistan for International tours from July-September. The ECB is planning for bis-secure tours to make sure the safety of players and supporting staff amid the COVID-19 situation. The decision related to both series is expected to come out in June.

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