No skilled cricket will probably be performed in England and Wales earlier than Might 28 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, cricket chiefs introduced on Friday.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) authorised a seven-week delay to the beginning of the 2020 season following discussions with the counties and the Skilled Cricketers’ Affiliation (PCA).
The County Championship, which contains four-day first-class matches, was as a result of begin on April 12.
The Champion County match, the annual curtain-raiser for the yr, was to be performed between the Marylebone Cricket Membership and Essex later this month in Sri Lanka, however had been referred to as off.
The ECB stated it had begun modelling a variety of choices to begin the season in June, July or August.
The fast focus is on choices for cricket in June together with the three-Check collection in opposition to West Indies, the Twenty20 Blast and England Girls’s schedule in opposition to India.
The West Indies Check collection is because of begin on the Oval on June 4.
The ECB stated it could talk about beginning the season behind closed doorways and would think about decreased variations of competitions if obligatory.
“With the knowledge out there to us in the intervening time a delay to the beginning of the skilled cricket season till Might 28 was unavoidable,” stated ECB chief government officer Tom Harrison.
“This additionally permits us time to maintain tempo with a fast-moving scenario and proceed to plan for a way a revised season would possibly look. Critically, we will additionally stay as versatile and adaptable as doable, throughout the apparent restrictions we face.
“Securing the way forward for the sport will probably be a main focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on probably the most financially essential types of the sport for the counties throughout worldwide and home cricket.”
PCA chief government Tony Irish, stated: “These are unprecedented occasions which require the fitting choices to be made for all, together with everybody working, and concerned, in cricket.
“The PCA helps this choice to delay the beginning of the season based mostly on professional recommendation regarding well being and wellbeing and making an allowance for the federal government’s place.”