A dedication to play girls’s home cricket in 2020 has additionally been made, however might differ from the deliberate rollout of the brand new girls’s elite home construction.
The girls’s elite home construction is the equal of the boys’s county set-up and is fashioned of eight areas. Establishing a construction for a brand new competitors throughout a pandemic has supplied particular challenges for the ladies’s home recreation, most notably having the required medical personnel in place to deal with stringent return-to-play protocols.
Preparation and planning for the season throughout the boys’s and girls’s home recreation stays topic to ongoing recommendation from authorities and medical professionals with the protection of gamers, workers and officers the primary precedence.
The ECB Board has additionally accepted the return to coaching of males’s first-class county gamers on or earlier than July 1. Plans for the brand new males’s season embody choices for red-ball and white-ball cricket.
A devoted working group with representatives from the first-class counties and ECB has been fashioned to supply particular focus to home cricket, whereas COVID-19 continues to influence the sport.
The principal targets for this group are:
1. To develop a single set of working procedures that can incorporate cricket operations, venue operations and medical protocols.
2. To present a single supply mannequin that may be carried out throughout all 18 FCCs and regional girls’s groups.
3. To present suggestions and progress to the ECB Board and FCC Chairs ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, mentioned: “It is a major step for our recreation that we’re in a position to approve the beginning of the boys’s home season for 1 August and one which will probably be welcomed by everybody related with county cricket.
“It follows in depth session between the 18 first-class counties, the Professionals Cricketers’ Association and ECB and has solely been achievable due to the numerous arduous work that continues to happen as we put together for a home season not like any the sport has confronted earlier than.
“It have to be pressured that the protection of our gamers, workers and officers has been the primary precedence by all discussions and authorities steerage will proceed to form our planning and preparation.
“Planning for the return of the ladies’s home recreation stays ongoing, however our dedication to girls’s home cricket is unwavering and we sit up for sharing additional information shortly.
“Our sturdy desire is that the ladies’s new elite home construction begins this summer season and we’ll work arduous to make sure that occurs. For this to be achieved, model new infrastructure nonetheless must be rolled-out, alongside imperatives we want in place when taking part in aggressive cricket throughout a pandemic.
“Our first selection stays to do all the things we will to start out this 12 months and construct on the improbable momentum within the girls’s recreation. In the occasion that proves not possible, we’ll discover different choices for play to allow our girls’s gamers to get pleasure from aggressive home cricket in 2020.
“We will continue to work closely with both the men’s and women’s domestic game to ensure necessary safety measures are in place to protect the wellbeing of everyone involved.”
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