The England and Wales cricket Board has mentioned “contingency plans” to save the upcoming county season amid the rapidly-growing COVID-19 pandemic and suspended all recreational cricket, together with pre-season friendlies and coaching.
According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, the ECB had a video name with county chief executives to focus on ways to make sure that the occasion’s April 12 begin might be caught to.
The assembly will resume on Thursday “to make decisions about inevitable postponements and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is certain to have a significant effect on the shape of the English home season”.
According to the report, measures reminiscent of cutting down the championship, have it behind closed doorways and shrinking the length have been mentioned in the course of the name.
The county season runs until September.
In an announcement issued on Wednesday, the ECB stated “it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.”
“This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity,” it added.
England is now among the many worst-affected by the coronavirus unfold, which has led to greater than 8,000 deaths and has left over 200,000 contaminated.
In the United Kingdom, the variety of lifeless is above 100 with over 50,000 contaminated.
“Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels,” the ECB said.
“Using our cricket neighborhood to assist others might be probably the most vital providers we will provide in the course of the troublesome subsequent few months.
“It will probably be important that any choices we do make are medically-led. And we are going to proceed to work with Government and their advisors to guarantee we’re knowledgeable by science in our choice making,” it added.