ECB Recreational Cricket Update: The England Cricket Board has shared detailed guidelines covering all facets of the sport.
After continuous delays from the UK Government, England Cricket Board had finally managed to get permission for allowing recreational cricket across the country last week.
Former captain Michael Vaughan was among the many people who strongly voiced their opinions against the government giving permission to open pubs and restaurants but not allowing clubs to conduct recreational cricket.
The ball is now NOT the risk @BorisJohnson !!!!! But Teas & dressing rooms are … Short format games don’t require Teas or the use of dressing rooms BORIS … Utter garbage … Get the Recreational game back started … #Cricket
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 3, 2020
“It will come as great news to our nation of recreational cricketers that the UK Government has given the green light for the game to return from next weekend.
“We are grateful for the support of Government to achieve this, in particular Oliver Dowden, Nigel Huddleston and those across DCMS who have helped the return of international, professional and now recreational cricket,” ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison had thanked the government in a statement.
ECB Recreational Cricket Update
Much like international cricket, the sport will only be allowed on the back of clubs taking precautionary measures across divisions. With recreational set to resume from July 11 (Saturday), it is today that ECB has shared detailed guidelines which will have to be followed during club matches. They are:-
- Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to all activity and not take part if they demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms.
- All groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches and officials.
- Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19.
- All activity should include regular hygiene breaks for participants’ hands and the ball, e.g. every six overs or 20 minutes
- Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match/session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.
- Players should remain socially distanced at all times (In England only: Wicket keepers & Slip fielders at 1m+).
- Players should minimise handling of the ball in all activity, by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler and using small groups in training; no sweat or saliva should be added to the ball at any time.
- Limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Where not possible, practice strict hand hygiene.
- Batters to run in distinct running lanes to ensure they’re not within 2m of the bowler or their batting partner
Click here to read the detailed guidelines.