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
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
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.