ECB postpones cricket season until May 28 amid coronavirus pandemic

The ECB has announced there will be no professional cricket played in England and Wales until May 28 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadly disease continues to affect sport, with rugby and football seasons also on hold in the UK.

The ECB has taken action

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The ECB has taken action

An ECB statement read: “The ECB Board has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Board approved the recommendation to delay the start of the season following discussions with the First Class Counties, the MCC and the 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.

“The ECB has begun modelling a range of options to start the season in June, July or August –with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the Vitality Blast and England Women’s schedule against India.

“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 potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed.

“The Board will meet as needed to review the position and make further decisions as the UK situation unfolds.”

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison added: “With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable.

“This also allows us time to keep pace with a fast-moving situation and continue to plan for how a revised season might look. Critically, we can also remain as flexible and adaptable as possible, within the obvious restrictions we face.

“Securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket.”

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