The England and Wales Cricket Board welcomed the decision by the British government to allow professional sports to resume behind closed doors, a decision that clears the way for the ECB to host international matches beginning next month.
According to the latest health and safety guidelines designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on Saturday gave the green light to live competitive sport to resume behind closed doors in safe and carefully controlled environments from June 1.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) mentioned in a statement, “We are extremely encouraged by the Secretary of State ‘s announcement on Saturday which will support the return of professional, domestic cricket behind closed doors and give a meaningful next step for recreational players to start playing again at their clubs.”
The board added that in order to resume the match safely, it will study the guidelines laid down by the government.
ECB further explained, “We will be seeking to understand the specific guidance from the medical teams of government over the coming week, so that we can provide support to cricket clubs who are keen to see their communities play safely in small groups.”
As stated by the board, “We extend our gratitude to all those in government who have worked tirelessly to support the return of sport and look forward to seeing players from across the game come back to the field.”
The ECB plans to launch a full international program despite the Covid-19 pandemic delaying the begin of their home season, which including a three-Test series against West Indies, scheduled to start on July 8, and Pakistan as well as limited internationals against Australia and Ireland at ‘bio-secure’ venues.
Last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board named 55 players to resume the outdoor training to prepare for cricket behind closed doors.
However, the board postponed the start of the domestic cricket season to August 1, 2020.
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