The ECB has suspended the start of the new 2020 cricketing campaign with cricket at all levels postponed until May 28th.
The England & Wales Cricket Board last night announced “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.”
“This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.”
This will mean Nottinghamshire’s first pre-season match originally scheduled for March 30th verses Lancashire at Trent Bridge has been cancelled with the likelihood of a reduced campaign in the County Championships or perhaps even a termination of the longer format season to be able to accommodate the shorter formats and new hundred ball competition.
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newall stated “I feel particularly sorry for our members and supporters as well as our players and coaches, who have all been eagerly looking forward to the new season for some time.”
“It’s also a real shame that the season won’t be able to start promptly for the many club and recreational cricketers for whom cricket is an important part of their lives, and for those that attend the many sessions we deliver in the community.”
“However, we are very aware that the health and safety of everybody is paramount and that taking precautions against coronavirus is everyone’s number one priority at this time.”
*Main image @TrentBridge the first match at Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge was originally scheduled to be played on 30th March.