ECB Coronavirus Update -
recreational cricket suspended
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Following the Governmentís latest advice around social distancing, 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.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nationís mental and physical well being, 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.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.
We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.
We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.
As a result of the above, the start of the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition in 2020 has been postponed.
It is their hope and intention to enable a competitive level of cricket to be played later in the summer but this clearly depends on factors outside of our control.
Taking account of all the guidance and advice it is not expected this will take place until mid July at the earliest, but the situation will be monitored. Meanwhile the L&DCC will plan for a number of eventualities and will communicate with all clubs.
Please note the following:
1. The above applies to the L&DCC's Senior and Junior Leagues.
2. There will be no promotion and relegation from season 2020.
3. Season 2021 will start as set up for 2020.
4. Handbooks will not be produced.
5. Clubs, if not already, should take appropriate action in respect of overseas players.
6. Balls ordered through David Dunkley have been delivered. Any club wishing to discuss payment issues should contact David and he will try to help. A further statement on finance and the mitigation on the effect on clubs will follow shortly.