England's 18 counties have agreed to play red-ball and white-ball cricket during this summer's shortened domestic season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday. A majority vote was reached at a meeting of the First Class County (FCC) chairs after the ECB Board last month gave the go-ahead to start the domestic season on August 1. The men's County Championship was initially scheduled to begin on April 12, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. British media reported two competitions of four-day and Twenty20 cricket have been under discussion to fill the revised calendar. The agreement by the counties will be passed on to the ECB Board for approval in the coming days after which a new
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday gave the nod for professional men's county cricket to start its season on August 1. The men's County Championship was initially scheduled to start on April 12, with 10 rounds scheduled up to Aug. 1, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its approval for the professional men’s county cricket season to begin on 1 August.— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) 1593442803000The fixtures and the format for the season is to be decided by the 18 first-class counties in a meeting in early July.
LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson was told "England is not England without cricket" by one of his own Conservative MPs on Thursday as the British government came under renewed pressure to lift a ban on recreational cricket during the coronavirus pandemic. During a debate in Parliament, Peter Bone MP urged Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, to "persuade the chief umpire (Johnson) to stroll across from Number 10 next week" and announce the amateur game can resume . International cricket is set to get underway for the first time since lockdown when England face the West Indies in a three-Test series starting at Southampton on July 8. But the amateur game remains mothballed, with professional county cricket