England and Wales have decided to shut down professional cricket till May 28, 2020. Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB announced that it was essential to delay. The beginning of the season given the circumstances across the country. Furthermore, he felt that with little choice left and limited information available, the delay of the cricket season was inevitable.
The CEO also felt that since the situation was spreading quickly. That they will revise their seasonal planning to fit with the future. While the board remains flexible, the restrictions are obvious even if they are busy adapting to the situation. The primary focus, however, is to plan for a revised schedule with an emphasis on financially profitable games across domestic and international cricket.
When the season is underway, T20 and The Hundred. International cricket was bound to be prioritized. This is also to ensure the future of the first-class counties, 18 of them, out of which, not all of them are financially sound. While in the worst-case scenario, the season’s county championship, and List A competition may not be played at all, there are heavy possibilities of curtailment.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced huge financial packages on the day. The bars and cafes along with restaurants and gyms were ordered shut. Alongside this, the ECB also approved the delay. For the domestic season that was otherwise due to begin on April 12th.
ECB is training its sights on commencing its cricketing options in June this year, which also includes the Vitality T20 Blast, tri-series against West Indies, and Women’s cricket against India. However, the UK government assesses that the pandemic is scheduled to peak in June. That is why the start will be either in the mid of July or in August. If some games were to take place behind closed doors, then an early start can be anticipated.
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