England and Wales Cricket Board (EC) COVID-19 announcements and updates
England’s cricket players will be expected to take a pay cut as the country’s cricket governing body (ECB) tries to deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. England players such as Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttle would be expected to take pay cuts of approximately $249,040 during the three-month shutdown. Cricketer also sharing advisory to their beloved fans through social media platforms, all your favorite starts making the request and sharing valuable messages for people to fight this deadly virus, and our advise to you is also the same that follows your favorite cricketer’s advise as you follow them on social media. All news and updates regarding the impact of Covid-19 on all areas of Cricket:
Root took to Twitter and posted a video in which he said:
- “To help save lives, you must stay home. Only leave your home to buy essential food, medicine or for individual exercise but please stay two meters apart all the time. This is an urgent message: stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.”
- The ECB board have announced that no professional cricket will be played before 28 May.
- England’s men are due to start their summer fixtures on 4 June against the West Indies.
- England’s women are due to start their summer fixtures on 25 June against India.
- In mid-March, England men’s Test tour of Sri Lanka was cut short.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made for the England players to return to the UK
Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, England and Wales Cricket Board have made the decision to return their players to the United Kingdom and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England, and a later date will be announced. At this time physical and mental wellbeing of players and support teams is paramount as world fighting against Novel Coronavirus, and the whole world is following a Lockdown imposed by the Government.
England’s home Test series against West Indies and Pakistan and limited overs series with Australia from June to August, England is supposed to tour India in September are also at risk of being postponed or cancelled if the situation across the world does not improve, leading to a further loss of revenue.
England women’s cricket team skipper Heather Knight has joined the National Health Service (NHS) as volunteer to help the healthcare system fight the Coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom. She said that her brother and his partner are doctors, and she has friends who work in the National Health Service.
The Professional Game
- The ECB have announced a delay to the professional cricket season with the Board agreeing that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales before 28 May.
The ECB Board has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least 28 May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board approved the recommendation to delay the start of the season following discussions with the First-Class Counties, the MCC and the PCA.
The ECB has begun modeling a range of options to start the season in June, July or August – with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the Vitality Blast and England Women’s schedule against India.
The ECB has made a statement that has suspended all forms of the recreational game for now in light of the developing COVID-19 situation. This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Following the ECB’s announcement that all recreational cricket will be suspended until further notice, this, unfortunately, encompasses both the All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket programs.
- Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.
- Washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer gel if soap or water is not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterward.
- Try to avoid close contact with unwell people.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Follow government advisory to fight Coronavirus (Covid-19)