2020 Cricket - Return to Play Update
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 July 2020 11:03
- Published: Friday, 26 June 2020 16:06
8th July ECB Update >https://ecb-comms.co.uk/1FT6-6XBWN-31D9ECDA7F4B8C3FPKVJEOA474B48410EFB25B/cr.aspx
Following the latest update from the UK Government, the ECB is pleased to announce the return of recreational cricket in England, signalling a progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of the ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game.
This also allows us to advise that clubs who have previously run All Stars Cricket can now do so again (we will release specific guidance for All Stars Cricket next week).
We thank you for all of your efforts in helping cricket return.
ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and we have prepared a plan to support clubs and individuals as they prepare for the return of recreational cricket, including details of adjustments which should be made to respect hygiene and social distancing requirements.
That plan - available here - covers a number of areas of the game, including:
- Pre-match adaptations regarding transport and symptom checking.
- In-game adaptations applying to social distancing measures, hygiene, match officials and the use of equipment.
- Post-game adaptations, including the potential use of club facilities.
- Advice for coaches specific to individual sessions and junior cricket.
A summary of the adaptations is listed below but please read the full guidance for comprehensive details.
- 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: wicketkeepers and 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.