The opening spherical of the first-class County Championship was initially scheduled to start on April 12.© AFP
The English county cricket season will begin on August 1, the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced on Monday. The precise sort of cricket has nonetheless to be determined, though the ECB stated this was “due to be agreed” by the 18 first-class counties in early July. Officers had beforehand introduced that the inaugural version of the new-format Hundred franchise competition had been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. The primary Check between England and the West Indies behind closed doorways at a bio-secure Southampton, beginning on July 8, is ready to be the primary main worldwide cricket match since lockdown.
The opening spherical of the first-class County Championship was initially scheduled to start on April 12.
However within the months because the season was delayed by the virus the ECB have made it clear that Twenty20 Blast fixtures are their most profitable home format, with worldwide fixtures their greatest money draw.
Well being and security stays the most important concern for the ECB, which has authorised the return to coaching of first-class counties on or earlier than July 1.
“It is a significant step for our game that we are able to approve the start of the men’s domestic season for August 1 and one which will be welcomed by everyone connected with county cricket,” stated ECB chief government Tom Harrison.
Harrison, who beforehand warned a season with none fixtures in any respect may price the ECB 252 million kilos ($309 million),” also welcomed the input of the counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association in preparing for a “home season in contrast to any the sport has confronted earlier than”.
Harrison stressed British government health guidance “will proceed to form our planning and preparation”.
Two-day pleasant matches between Surrey and Middlesex and Yorkshire and Lancashire in July had already been introduced earlier than Monday’s assertion by the ECB.
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