The national cricket competitions which were supposed to start on 4th July has now been cancelled, confirmed England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday. The decision has been taken on the wake of ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
“As we continue to work towards recreational cricket returning on or around 4 July, though, it has become clear that given the current restrictions we will sadly be unable to run certain elements of the scheduled 2020 cricket season. This includes Dynamos Cricket, and some national competitions,” ECB stated in an official statement.
The tournaments which have been cancelled are National Counties Championship, National County Showcase Fixtures v First-Class Counties, Royal London Club Championship, Vitality Men’s Club T20 Cup and Plate, Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup and Plate, U18 Boys County Championship, U 17 Super Fours, Royal London Boys County Age Group Under 14, 15 and 18 Cup competitions, Royal London Girls County Age group Under 15 and 17 Cup Competitions, ECB David English Bunbury Festival, ECB City Club, ECB Over 50s County Championship, ECB Girls Regional Development Centre Festival and ECB Girls U15 Festivals.
For ECB, the safety of the players is their foremost priority and hence all the action can wait. With a view to reducing the amount of travel for all the clubs, local competitions have been given an upper hand over national competitions.
“In addition, to ensure maximum flexibility for all clubs pursuing a return to action and because we believe it is safer for clubs and players to reduce their amount of travel we will be prioritising local playing opportunities over national and regional competitions,” the statement further read.
Nonetheless, the decision won’t affect England’s upcoming international fixtures. England and West Indies will finally put an end to the Cricket’s long hiatus due to Coronavirus as both teams will square up against each other for a three-match test series, beginning 8th July 2020.