Update for Clubs and Leagues: COVID-19
Further to our communication of Monday 16th earlier this week, and as was feared, the ECB, and therefore the DHCL have been forced to suspend all forms of recreational cricket for the time being.
As things are currently understood, and despite there being no clear timeline attached to their decision, it is highly unlikely that this suspension will be lifted before 1st July 2020. Clubs should therefore work on the basis that the first half of the 2020 cricket season is cancelled. Furthermore a scrapping of the whole season, depending on how the coronavirus emergency unfolds over the coming weeks and months, cannot be ruled out.
The DHCL Executive will continue to monitor the situation and developments, and consult with the cricket authorities over the coming weeks to establish a firmer picture of timelines and what options may exist for cricket in Huddersfield later on in 2020. We will of course keep you informed regarding further developments and any plans or decisions made throughout these difficult, challenging and very uncertain times.
The full statement from the ECB is included hereunder. Pls also note their comments regarding training. It is expected that the Huddersfield Junior Cricket League will be making their own announcements shortly.
If any Club has questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the League.
Best regards and keep safe.
Mark Binns - Admin Secretary
From: England & Wales Cricket Board
Sent: Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 14:02:42 GMT
Subject: Update for Clubs and Leagues: COVID-19
Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.
We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.
We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.