The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting all areas of life in the United Kingdom including cricket.
The strict social distancing guidelines issued by the UK Government and Public Health England have impacted on all sports – professional and recreational – and led to the suspension – and in some cases the cancellation – of fixtures at all levels.
The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced that no professional cricket will be played before May 28 and that all recreational cricket has been suspended indefinitely.
The board of the National Counties Cricket Association have decided to postpone the start of the new NCCA – formerly Minor Counties – season which was due to begin on Sunday April 26 with the opening round of matches in the T20 competition.
NCCA officials are liaising with the ECB and the Department for Culture and Sport on when it might be safe to start the season.
“We are working in a situation that is unprecedented in peacetime and which is presenting challenges for all sports, not just cricket,” said NCCA Operations Manager, Logan.
“The safety and well-being of all involved in National Counties cricket – players, officials and spectators – is our main concern.
“With Government social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 currently in force we have taken the decision to postpone the T20 competition which was due to start the new season at the end of this month.
“Once we have a clearer idea on when it might be safe to resume playing cricket again we will be able to look at the season and how we can reschedule fixtures."
NCCA officials are also in discussions with ECB about the 50 overs ‘Showcase Games’ between the 20 NCCA counties and first-class counties which are scheduled to played in July.