04:00PM, Friday 24 April 2020
There will be no professional or community cricket played in the country before May 28, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.
Matches in the National Counties Cricket Association, formerly minor counties cricket, have been suspended until at least the end of May and officials are now liaising with the Government over when it might be safe to resume matches. The Thames Valley Cricket League and Home Counties Cricket League have also fallen into line, with the Thames Valley League cancelling its first three rounds of the season. Home Counties matches are suspended indefinitely.
“We are working in a situation that is unprecedented and which is presenting challenges for all sports, not just cricket,” said Richard Logan, NCCA General Manager.
“The safety and well-being of all involved in National Counties cricket – players, officials and spectators – is our main concern.
“With Government social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 currently in force we have taken the decision to postpone the T20 competition which was due to start the new season at the end of this month.
“Once we have a clearer idea on when it might be safe to resume playing cricket again we will be able to look at the season and how we can reschedule fixtures."
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