Government nod clears decks for recreational cricket in England

Competitive cricket with special operational procedures in place for hygiene and social distancing will return in England from July. The United Kingdom has given the green light for recreational cricket in England from Saturday next.

However, there are different guidelines for Wales.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that the latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game. That means competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.

“It will come as great news to our nation of recreational cricketers that the UK Government has given the green light for the game to return from next weekend. We are grateful for the support of Government to achieve this, in particular Oliver Dowden, Nigel Huddleston and those across DCMS who have helped the return of international, professional and now recreational cricket,” said ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison.

“We have had a responsibility throughout this period of time to work with the UK Government and to plan alongside the cricket network to try and mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 season. We have maintained a constant dialogue with UK Government and they’ve been supportive of our desire to see recreational cricket return when it is safe.

“They now agree that with appropriate measures in place to mitigate the risk, it is safe.

“We know how difficult it has been for everyone to go without cricket this summer, and we thank you for your patience.

“As the nation’s summer sport we believe we have a role to play in getting people active across the country, especially young people, and it is heartening to know that club cricket – albeit with social distancing in place and some other adaptations – will soon be back across England.”

The UK Government has also stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.

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