National Competitions suspended by the ECB

National plus Club Compeitions scorecard on the board
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - MAY 8: General view of the scoreboard at Taunton Vale Cricket Club. The coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are having a fundamental impact on society, government, sports and the economy in United Kingdom. As all sports events in United Kingdom have been cancelled athletes struggle to continue their training as usual on May 8, 2020 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The Pandemic

The coronavirus has affected the world of sport since March. Various sports were stopped between March and June. Football only recently returned in Germany in May and last week in England. Cricket is scheduled to return on the 8th of July. England will be hosting the West Indies. However, some national competitions have been suspended by the ECB.

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National Competitions that the England and Wales Cricket Board hosts annually have been suspended due to the coronavirus. The ECB stated that “public health is the key priority. ” They also stated that rescheduling these competitions would make it much harder to arrange other forms of cricket.

Club and Village Cricket Training for competitions
BLAGDON HILL, ENGLAND – MAY 26: Elliott Trotman of Blagdon Hill plays a shot as he receives a throwdown at Blagdon Hill Cricket Club. The coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are having a fundamental impact on society, government, sports and the economy in United Kingdom. As all sports events in United Kingdom have been cancelled athletes struggle to continue their training as usual on May 26, 2020 in Blagdon Hill, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Some of the National Competitions suspended

  • Royal London Club Championship
  • National Counties Championship
  • Vitality Men’s T20 Club and Plate
  • ECB City Cup
  • ECB Girls Under-15’s Festival
  • U18 Boys County Championship
  • Vitality Women’s Club T20 and Plate
  • National County Showcase Fixtures vs First Class Counties

Also, Read – The full list of National Competitions suspended 

The Future

Shannon Gabriel at the resumption of interntional and national competitions
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Shannon Gabriel of West Indies (R) celebrates taking the wicket of John Campbell of West Indies (1L) with teammate Jason Holder (2L) during Day One of a West Indies Warm Up match at Old Trafford on June 23, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

The ECB is attempting to have clubs to return to action. 4th July was the given date for recreational cricket and restricting other competitions is the way forward they believe.

They believe that cricket is a non-contact sport and that there is very low risk with having clubs return to action soon.

However, with cricket returning to our screens on the 8th of July, it is likely that such competitions will affect fewer people than it might have – had test cricket not been given the green light to restart.

Decisions on further competitions such as Royal London Women’s County T20 and Lady Taverners Softball competitions will take place later in the month and the ECB will share as much information as possible at a later date.

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