Edited By Bharat Malhotra | IANS | Updated: 30 Jun 2020, 10:41:00 AM IST
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to start the professional men's county cricket season from August 1. The ECB has said that the format in which the remaining matches of the county season are to be played will be decided in early July with the consent of 18 first-class counties and a new schedule will be released after that.
The ECB is committed to organizing the Women's Household Circuit 2020 but it may differ from the new women's elite domestic structure. The women's elite domestic tournament is equivalent to the male county setup and is made up of eight regions. It would be very difficult to create a new framework for new competition during the epidemic.
Planning for the domestic season of women and men will depend on the advice of the government and health experts as the health of players, staff, officials is a priority for the board. The ECB board has also set a July date to begin training for male first-class county players.
ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said, “This is an important step for our game that we are ready to start our men's home season from August 1. Every person associated with county cricket will welcome this move.
He said, 'For this, discussions have been held between 18 first class county teams, Professional Cricketers' Association and ECB. It is important to mention that the safety of our players, staff and officials has been a priority in all the discussions. We will start our strategy and preparations according to the government's decisions. '