Following Boris Johnson’s speech last night, and the subsequent detailed guidance that has been released by government today on the next steps in responding to Covid-19, I am aware that it leaves some questions unanswered in terms of what it means for Cricket. During today I have received some specific questions about the immediate short term possibility of using cricket club net facilities for practising with members of your household.
I fully appreciate that after weeks of lockdown, and with us all missing Cricket desperately, there is a thirst for an immediate follow up from the ECB to the Government’s latest advice. However, the purpose of this message is to ask for just a little more patience whilst the ECB works up its response to the Government’s advice in terms of what it means specifically for the use of cricket clubs and your facilities. There is a strong desire from the County Board network for this advice to arrive as soon as possible so as to give clarity to Cricket clubs. However, I am sure you will appreciate that the ECB needs to be confident that any cricket specific guidance is well thought through, is considerate of the need to protect the health and safety of the cricket family, and is fully in line with government advice. On that note I am aware this evening that the ECB is already working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Sport England to provide further guidance. As we have done throughout this period, Wiltshire Cricket will pass on any further updates as soon as we receive them.
In the meantime, the suspension of all forms of recreational cricket remains and we appreciate the Cricket family’s cooperation in adhering to this position. For those who are interested, the ECB did issue the following statement following the Government address yesterday evening: