ECB recommends suspension of all recreational cricket
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday has recommended that all forms of recreational cricket be suspended following the United Kingdom government’s latest advice on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In an official statement, the ECB said it was making the move with “sadness and reluctance”.
“Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended,” read the statement.
“This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity,” it also informed before adding:
“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.”
There have been 2,626 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Britain. The latest figure for deaths is 71.
Earlier England’s tour of Sri Lanka for two Tests was also called off last week, while there is no decision yet on county cricket, which is scheduled to start its 2020 season next month.
England’s next international assignment is a three-match Test series against West Indies starting on June 4, but with the situation deteriorating day by day, that could also be postponed.