The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may resume professional cricket from July 8. The board is waiting for the players to start training soon taking precautionary measures against the coronavirus. However, no exact date for training has been disclosed.
The coronavirus has caused havoc around the world. The cricketing scene has been suspended and has been badly affected globally. England is one of the countries where cricket series, leagues, and tournaments are stopped, and yet there is no great possibility of kicking.
Earlier, the England and Wales Cricket Board had condemned the suspension of professional cricket until at least July 1. However, according to a new announcement, cricket in England will start on July 8. The board has not set a date for the resumption of training.
The board is likely to plan a training schedule on Thursday. The stage will allow one player, one coach, and one medic at a time, and gradually moving on to the next stage, a small group of athletes will take preventive health measures to protect themselves from the global epidemic.
ECB: England planning to resume player training programs
As per the government return-to-training guideline, England cricketers will soon kick up practice in action and then in a few days will be seen moving towards professionalism.
According to ESPNcricinfo, “the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has set guidelines to let athletes return to training before the professional sports resume in the country from July 8, the preferred start date of the international season.”
ECB is likely to go towards professional cricket on an international level rather than kicking off from the leagues. They are planning to schedule the Vitality Blast later this year when the situation gets better.
“The Vitality Blast will also now occupy the latest possible season slot to offer as much time as possible to play a County short-form competition.