County Cricket is set to return in August after the ECB today confirmed the scheduled delayed start to a revised domestic campaign.
The fixture schedule is set to be confirmed in July but it looks likely that cricket will return from the 1st August with a full ECB statement available on Nottinghamshire CCC’s website available to read here.
In brief the ECB state that it has given its approval for the professional mens county cricket season to start on 1st August.
The formats to be played during the delayed men’s county season are due to be agreed by the 18 First-Class Counties in early July, with a new fixture schedule to be published thereafter.
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.
The ECB state “Preparation and planning for the season across the men’s and women’s domestic game remains subject to ongoing advice from Government and medical professionals with the safety of players, staff and officials the first priority.”
This comes as great news after a near total wipe out of the nations favourite summer sport following the coronavirus lockdown imposed. Test Cricket however has already been given the go ahead to take place with England in action against West Indies in Southampton which will be played behind closed doors from July 8th.
*Main image @mailonline Notts & England’s Stuart Broad will be excited by the news.