Manchester: The England Cricket Board (ECB) is all set to begin the professional men’s county cricket season from August 1.
According to the details released by the ECB, the formats to be played during the delayed men’s county season are due to be agreed by the 18 First-Class Counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter.
The ECB Board has also approved the return to training of Men’s First-Class County players on or before 1 July. Plans for the new men’s season include options for red-ball and white-ball cricket.
On the other hand, first-year women’s elite domestic structure under discussion; but women’s domestic game commits to play this season.
Meanwhile, a dedicated working group with representatives from the First-Class Counties and ECB has been formed to provide specific focus to Domestic Cricket, while COVID-19 continues to impact the game.
The main objectives for this group are;
To develop a single set of operating procedures that will incorporate cricket operations, venue operations and medical protocols
To provide a single delivery model that can be implemented across all 18 FCCs and regional women’s teams
To provide feedback and progress to the ECB Board and FCC Chairs