ECB Suspends All Cricket Till 28 May, Delays Start of New Season
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all professional cricket till 28 May.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all professional cricket till 28 May, delaying the start of the new season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ECB took the decision following discussions with the First Class Counties, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA).
“It was agreed that, given the current information available, a seven-week delay to the start of the season is the most appropriate approach.”ECB media statement
The Board also announced that it is working on three new options, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the T20 Cup and the women's schedule against India, for a possible start in June, July or August.
"Close liaison with the Government will continue, with discussions on the potential of starting the season behind closed doors and giving sports fans the opportunity to live broadcast action," the statement said on Friday.
"The potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed."
The ECB said it will meet as needed to review the position and make further decisions as the UK situation unfolds.
"During this period of deep uncertainty it is the ECB's first priority to protect the wellbeing of everyone within the cricket family, from players, to fans and colleagues across the game,'' ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said.
"The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. I am reassured by the collaborative effort from across the game that together, we will make the very best of whatever length of season we are able to safely schedule in the coming months," he added.
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