European Central Bank announces August start-up date

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

Before this thirty day period, Sussex chief govt Rob Andrew instructed the BBC that selections now being mentioned included a "significant crimson-ball cricket" competitors and a T20 Blast, based on three regionalised teams of 6 groups and each individual culminating in a remaining.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed that professional men's county cricket will return on 1 August following the season's postponement due to the global health pandemic.

Ultimate acceptance for the formats to be played by men's teams will be permitted early in July at a meeting of the 18 1st-course golf equipment.

"It will have to be pressured that the protection of our players, personnel and officers has been the first precedence by all conversations and govt guidance will continue on to shape our preparing and preparing".

Matches are initially expected to take place wholly behind closed doors, though some counties are reportedly lobbying for a limited number of supporters to be allowed into games in September.

Originally, the opening round of Specsavers County Championship was due to begin on April 12, while the final round was scheduled to be played from July 5-8.

Health and safety remains the prime concern for the European Central Bank, which has approved the return to training of first-class county players on or before July 1, while a dedicated working group has been formed to focus specifically on domestic details in the midst of a public health crisis.

The ECB had planned to introduce 40 full-time domestic women's contracts in 2020 but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, although 25 players have been awarded regional retainers.

In a statement on Monday, this notion appeared to be consolidated. Harrison also shed some light on its women's game, with him emphasising that women's domestic cricket will also be played in 2020 as the board is committed to see its new elite domestic structure commence.

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

On the return of the women's domestic game, Harrison added: "Planning remains ongoing, but our commitment to women's domestic cricket is unwavering and we look forward to sharing further news shortly".

"We will continue to work closely with both the men's and women's domestic game to ensure necessary safety measures are in place to protect the wellbeing of everyone involved". Given the extended break, the players need to be given at least a month before they play a competitive match especially first-class cricket.

"Our first choice remains to do everything we can to start this year and build on the fantastic momentum in the women's game", Harrison continued.

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