The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reported the beginning of the postponed domestic season from August 1 when County Championship will get in progress. Country cricket was initially planned to begin in April yet was deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The format to be played during the deferred men’s district season will be chosen by the 18 region groups toward the beginning of July and another installation to be distributed accordingly.
“A commitment to play women’s domestic cricket in 2020 has also been made, but may differ from the planned rollout of the new women’s elite domestic structure,” ECB said in a statement on Monday.
The preparation and planning for the season across the men’s and women’s domestic game remain subject to ongoing advice from Government and medical professionals with the safety of players, staff and officials the priority,” it added.
Considering it a ‘noteworthy advance’, ECB CEO Tom Harrison said the arrangement and arranging will be dependent upon the rules from government and clinical experts.
“It is a significant step for our game that we can approve the start of the men’s domestic season for 1 August and one which will be welcomed by everyone connected with County Cricket,” he said.
”It follows extensive consultation between the 18 First-Class Counties, the Professionals Cricketers’ Association and ECB and has only been achievable thanks to the significant hard work that continues to occur as we prepare for a domestic season unlike any the game has faced before.
“It must be stressed that the safety of our players, staff and officials has been the priority through all discussions and Government guidance will continue to shape our planning and preparation.
“Planning for the return of the women’s domestic game remains ongoing, but our commitment to women’s domestic cricket is unwavering and we look forward to sharing further news shortly.”
International cricket is set to return next month with England hosting West Indies for a three-match Test series.