The Secretary of State's message on Tuesday evening (16th June) outlined plans for

earmarking an early July date as being the earliest possible return for

recreational cricket.

The ECB recently published their 5 Step Roadmap highlighting that currently, the

game is in Step 3 of its return. The ECB will continue to work with and be led by

UK Government advice, only advising clubs move into step 4 when the Government allows and when it is deemed medically safe to do so.

As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a

team environment, the ECB are optimistic that forms of the game can be

played while respecting social distancing. Step 4, Adapted Play, will allow for

cricket to be played, operating under Government rules and with modifications

to the game to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved.

It is ECB's ambition to deliver guidelines for a return to play as soon as possible

after the Government gives permission to proceed, but please note that given

the importance of ensuring cricket clubs and individuals are as safe as can be,

this may take a few days from any Government announcement.

Further detail on National Competitions and National Participation

Programmes will be shared with County Cricket Boards for onward distribution

this week.

In preparation for further ECB announcements, Competition organisers across

Counties and Leagues are encouraged to begin considering how they will

respond when the ECB advises that we are able to move into Step 4 and

whether local competitions are feasible.