The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that there will be no domestic cricket in England until August 1, 2020 at the earliest.
The start of the English season had already been twice delayed by the outbreak of the COVID-19, but the previous start date of July 1 has now been pushed back another month by the coronavirus pandemic.
England`s postponed Test series at home against the West Indies, however, could still take place in July as last day`s announcement by the ECB does not cover international matches.
The Professional Game Group will now draw up plans for the restart of domestic cricket, with their proposals going to the ECB board in June, Non-televised domestic matches could be streamed live via club channels for county members and supporters.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison in a statement said that “Naturally we want to see cricket being played at every level,”
“We remain hopeful of seeing both domestic and recreational cricket this season and planning with the PGG has allowed us to map a number of potential scenarios for domestic play.
“Whilst traditional formats of our competitions are the preference, we are not against exploring the unorthodox to ensure that we can return our players to the field, he said
“That can only happen though when it is safe, and we have said throughout this crisis that the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the game is our key priority.”
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