Club adds voice to call for return to recreational Cricket

Telegraph Sport’s campaign to bring back club cricket this season has given a voice to the forgotten majority who keep the sport going below the professional level.

The England & Wales Cricket Board has done detailed, impressive work to provide biosecure environments that will allow the Test series against West Indies to start on July 8, writes Nick Hoult, Chief Cricket Writer of the Daily Telegraph.
There is a meeting of county chairmen next week to finalise the return of the Championship and Vitality Blast Twenty20 competition. Surrey even announced on Wednesday they will play Middlesex in a two-day game from July 26 and stream it on Facebook, giving their members some cricket content to consume.
But at club level it is a different story. Those people who give up many hours of their lives to keep clubs alive in a time of dwindling participation numbers fear for the future. Many feel left behind as cricket concentrates on saving its £280 million broadcast deal and providing work for professional county cricketers.

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James Hayward