English Cricket Board suspends preparations for new season due to coronavirus outbreak
Preparations for the new cricket season have been put on hold due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.
The English Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all forms of recreational cricket from now with immediate effect following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
The ECB statement said: "Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
"It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. We will continue to work with Government and their advisors and our brilliant people to ensure we are properly informed in our decision-making.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult weeks and months which lie ahead.
"Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly in local clubs and leagues – who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.
"Let’s look forward to that moment when we start to see children and players from across the game, playing cricket again – hopefully that moment is not too far away."
All cricket clubs across the Stamford, Bourne and Rutland area have cancelled their winter nets for juniors and seniors until further notice.
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