Surrey are set to level a two-day pleasant in opposition to London opponents Middlesex at the back of closed doorways on the Kia Oval subsequent month in a spice up to hopes that county cricket may but get below method this season in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. Even if within the first of a three-match Take a look at collection at Southampton beginning on July 8, the home county season has been not on time till August on the earliest via the unfold of COVID-19.
The England and Wales Cricket Board have advised the Twenty20 Blast would be the precedence in any truncated county marketing campaign, however plans are nonetheless being drawn up for top notch, red-ball fits as neatly.
Now Surrey hope the July 26-27 tournament, which can mark new head trainer Vikram Solanki’s first sport in fee, is a precursor to “returning to aggressive motion the next weekend”.
Alec Stewart, Surrey director of cricket, stated: “I am truly excited to confidently see cricket go back to the Kia Oval on the finish of July after which for the remainder of the season.”
Surrey’s announcement additionally perceived to recommend Middlesex is also able to take their avid gamers off furlough.
Surrey and Lancashire are the one two of England’s 18 top notch counties who’ve no longer utilised the British govt’s job-retention scheme for his or her taking part in personnel all the way through the pandemic.