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ECB approves resumption of county cricket with start of men’s domestic season in August

The fixtures and format for the upcoming English domestic season are to be decided by the 18 First-Class counties in a meeting in July, and plans will be made for both red and white-ball formats.

ECB approves resumption of county cricket with start of men’s domestic season in August

London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday gave the go-ahead for professional men’s county cricket to start its season on 1 August.

The men’s County Championship was initially scheduled to begin on 12 April, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fixtures and format for the season are to be decided by the 18 First-Class counties in a meeting in early July and plans will include both red-ball and white-ball cricket.

Representational photo. Reuters

Representational photo. Reuters

“It’s a significant step for our game that we are able to approve the start of the men’s domestic season for Aug. 1 and one which will be welcomed by everyone connected with County Cricket,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said in a statement.

“It must be stressed that the safety of our players, staff and officials has been the first priority through all discussions and government guidance will continue to shape our planning and preparation.”

Harrison added that plans for the return of the women’s domestic game remain ongoing.

England’s county cricketers will continue to take pay cuts of up to 20 percent in June and July as counties reel from the financial impact of the pandemic.

On the international cricket front, England return to action following the COVID-19 stoppage with three Tests against the West Indies next month.

The first match is scheduled to begin in Southampton on 8 July without spectators.

Updated Date: June 29, 2020 22:25:02 IST

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