ECB Extremely Heartened After Government Allows Cricket Behind Closed Doors

The England and Wales Cricket Board has welcomed the UK government’s decision to allow the resumption of competitive sports behind the closed doors and will study the guidelines the authorities have laid down for the safety of everyone involved.

“We are extremely heartened by Saturday’s announcement from the Secretary of State, which will support the return of professional, domestic cricket behind closed doors, and provides a meaningful next step for recreational players to begin playing at their clubs again,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden on Saturday allowed the resumption of professional sports behind closed doors and controlled environment from June 1 onwards.

“Over the coming week, we will seek to understand the specific guidance from Government’s medical teams so that we can provide support for cricket clubs who will be eager to see their communities safely playing in small groups.”

“We extend our thanks to all those in Government who have worked hard to support the return of sport and we look forward to seeing players from across the game start returning to the field,” it added.

ECB has already allowed players to resume outdoor training even as it pushed back the start of domestic season to August 1.

However, the cricket board plans to host international tours including three-match Test series against West Indies scheduled to get underway from July 8. Apart from that, they are to also host Ireland and Australia for limited-overs matches.