ECB puts on hold all professional cricket in England till May 28

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With casualities and new cases of Coronavirus rising up in England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that no professional cricket will take place in England and Wales till May 28 in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus or COVID19 outbreak.

ECB has said that it has begun modelling a range of options to start the season in June, July or August – with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the T20 Blast and England women’s schedule against India.

That, however, seems unlikely given the UK government’s assessment that the peak of the pandemic, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives across the world, will only occur in the country in June.

As such when sitaution gets better, international cricket, The Hundred and T20 Blast will be prioritised.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces.”

“With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable.