Specsavers County Championship Set To Resume

The 2019 Specsavers County Championship
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Richard Levi of Northamptonshire (2nd right) is congratulated by his team mates after taking a catch to dismiss Brydon Carse of Durham during the Specsavers County Championship division two match between Northamptonshire and Durham at The County Ground on September 18, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

The Specsavers County Championship Is Back!

The men’s Specsavers County Championship will return as confirmed by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today. The fixtures are set to start from August the 1st.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that no cricket has been played so far this summer. This holds true for both England and Wales. International action, however, will return as soon as next week. England will face West Indies in a behind-closed-doors Test series from July 8.

Surrey win the Specsavers County Championship in 2018
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27 : Rory Burns of Surrey holds the trophy after Surrey were presented with the Specsavers County Championship Division One trophy after Essex defeated Surrey at The Kia Oval on September 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

In the coming weeks, it is likely that the 18 first-class counties will meet to decide which formats will be played out for the remaining part of the summer.

County Cricket Club Friendlies Scheduled

The ECB has also made a commitment to play women’s cricket this summer when possible. There has been no advance on the resumption of club cricket as of yet.

When the season begins, the possibility of regional fixtures may be advanced to reduce issues with travel. It is likely there will be around eight weeks of competitive action. This is if the season begins on August the 1st as planned. The T20 Blast may take priority over other competitions due to the logistics and broadcast possibilities.

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What The ECB Said

Morne Morkel appeals for a wicket during the Specsavers County Championship 2018
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Morne Morkel of Surrey celebrates taking the wicket of Jamie Porter of Essex during Day Four of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Surrey and Essex at The Kia Oval on September 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Tom Harrison (ECB’s CEO) said “It must be stressed that the safety of our players, staff and officials has been the first priority through all discussions. Government guidance will continue to shape our planning and preparation”

The return of the Specsavers County Championship is likely to be a step forward for the ECB. This is because it means that both domestic and international cricket will be in action. This is crucial in the fight against the Coronavirus.

ECB Statement In Full

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