A Message from ECB

Written by: Tom Harrison
Date: 18/03/2020

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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.    

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. We will continue to work with Government and their advisors and our brilliant people to ensure we are properly informed in our decision-making.     

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult weeks and months which lie ahead. Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly in local clubs and leagues – who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.   

Let’s look forward to that moment when we start to see children and players from across the game, playing cricket again – hopefully that moment is not too far away.   

Please continue to stay close to us over this exceptionally difficult time.   

Best wishes,   


Tom Harrison
England & Wales Cricket Board Ltd.