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County cricket: 1 August begin as delayed season given inexperienced gentle

2020-06-29 15:21:41

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There was no county cricket since final September, when Essex received the County Championship

The 2020 county season will start on 1 August, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

Remaining approval for the codecs to be performed by males’s groups can be authorized early in July at a gathering of the 18 first-class golf equipment.

Two competitions of four-day and Twenty20 cricket have been below dialogue, primarily based on regional teams.

“Planning for the return of the ladies’s home sport stays ongoing,” mentioned ECB chief govt Tom Harrison.

There was no cricket on the UK mainland thus far this 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, however England will start a behind-closed-doors Take a look at collection towards West Indies subsequent month.

The County Championship ought to have begun on 12 April however as an alternative all golf equipment, besides Surrey and Lancashire, furloughed gamers and different employees below the federal government’s job retention scheme.

And the lockdown meant that inaugural season of The Hundred, the ECB’s new match that includes eight regional groups, was put again to 2021, with salaries for the lads’s groups lowered.

‘Security the primary precedence’

Harrison mentioned setting a date to start the county season was a “important step” and it’s supposed {that a} full fixtures schedule can be printed following the counties’ assembly.

He added: “It follows in depth session between the 18 first-class counties, the Skilled Cricketers’ Affiliation and ECB and has solely been achievable because of the numerous exhausting work that continues to happen as we put together for a home season in contrast to any the sport has confronted earlier than.

“It should be harassed that the security of our gamers, employees and officers has been the primary precedence by all discussions and authorities steerage will proceed to form our planning and preparation.”

Sussex chief govt Rob Andrew instructed the BBC earlier this month that choices being mentioned included a “significant red-ball cricket” competitors and a T20 Blast, primarily based on three regionalised teams of six groups and every culminating in a ultimate.

Nevertheless, Andrew mentioned that if the four-day/T20 Blast plan was not doable, then a 50-over competitors may present a 3rd choice.

Girls’s elite construction being deliberate

England all-rounder Nat Sciver, seen right here batting within the nets final 12 months, is a part of a 24-player coaching squad that returned to particular person coaching on 22 June

The Girls’s Tremendous League competitors was ended final summer time, however Harrison insisted the board’s dedication for his or her home sport – which is now primarily based round eight regional hubs – was “unwavering”.

A gaggle of 24 England gamers are in coaching forward of a doable tri-series towards India and South Africa in September, whereas others have been given regional retainers as a part of a transfer in direction of higher professionalism.

Harrison continued: “Our sturdy desire is that the ladies’s new elite home construction begins this summer time and we are going to work exhausting to make sure that occurs.

“For this to be achieved, model new infrastructure nonetheless must be rolled out, alongside imperatives we’d like in place when enjoying aggressive cricket throughout a pandemic.

“Within the occasion that proves unimaginable, we are going to discover different choices for play to allow our ladies’s gamers to take pleasure in aggressive home cricket in 2020.”

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