European Central Bank gives approval for first class county cricket season to return

  • European Central Bank gives approval for first class county cricket season to return

European Central Bank gives approval for first class county cricket season to return

While the precise make-up of the calendar is yet to be decided - county bosses will vote on format proposals next week - the start date has now been set in stone by the governing body.

Mitchell also commended the European Central Bank for their handling of the situation while taking heart from the board's commitment towards women's cricket. Plans for the new men's season include options for both red ball and white ball cricket.

The Women's Super League competition was finished previous summertime, but Harrison insisted the board's dedication for their domestic activity - which is now based all-around 8 regional hubs - was "unwavering".

Meanwhile, the Vitality T20 Blast was slated for the May-August window.

The 2020 county season will commence on 1 August, the England and Wales Cricket Board has verified.

As initial steps towards the resumption, the European Central Bank has approved the return to training of men's first-class county players on or before July 1.

Professional cricket is allowed to return earlier than the recreational game as it falls under a separate set of government coronavirus guidelines to the grassroots game.

However, if there are some players who are still not comfortable with the health risks posed by this resumption, there could be an "opt-in" process in place through which they can withdraw from participation. In anticipation of the country cricket to begin, the players will begin training in July.

In addition, the European Central Bank reiterated their commitment to the women's game.

The cancellation of The Hundred in April meant scores of players missed out on a landmark domestic contract, while 40 full-time regional contracts planned for this season were put on hold.

In a statement on Monday, this notion appeared to be consolidated.

"The women's elite domestic structure is the equivalent of the men's county set-up and is formed of eight regions".

"The commitment to play women's domestic cricket this summer is also very positive".

"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 said in a statement.

The ECB has also made a commitment to play the women's domestic cricket season and said further news on that situation was "forthcoming".

Harrison continued: "Our strong preference is that the women's new elite domestic structure starts this summer and we will work hard to ensure that happens".

"For this to be attained, brand name new infrastructure nonetheless requires to be rolled out, together with imperatives we want in place when enjoying competitive cricket in the course of a pandemic".

"In the celebration that proves extremely hard, we will take a look at other options for perform to help our women's gamers to take pleasure in aggressive domestic cricket in 2020".