Manchester: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced to keep all cricket activities postponed in the country until at least July 1 due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the details, ECB has further extended the postponement of professional cricket under the directives of government and health experts. The country’s cricket body is in touch with the government and all broadcast partners to determine the optimum way to fulfill fixtures both domestically and internationally.
The ECB Board approved the following measures amid nationwide lockdown:
– Professional cricket will not be played in England and Wales until at least 1 July
– Nine rounds of fixtures will be lost in the County Championship season, but blocks for red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket will be held in a revised schedule
– The Vitality Blast will be pushed as late in the season as possible to give it the best opportunity of being staged. All matches previously scheduled in June will be moved later in the season
– International cricket, featuring England men’s and women’s teams, will look to be scheduled from July until the end of September, with the West Indies Test Series and the whole women’s series against India (Vitality IT20s and Royal London ODIs) both moving from their original slots
– An additional Board meeting will be scheduled next Wednesday on The Hundred, following a request to dedicate a further session to the competition
ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “Our role as a national governing body during a crisis of this scale requires us to carefully plan alongside cricket’s stakeholders and supporters to attempt to overcome COVID-19’s impact on this season.”
“As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority – over and above the playing of professional sport – will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole,” he added.