The English county season will get started on August 1, the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced on Monday. The precise form of cricket has nonetheless to be determined, despite the fact that the ECB mentioned this used to be “because of be agreed” by way of the 18 firstclass counties in early July. Officers had in the past introduced that the inaugural version of the new-format were scrapped on account of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary Take a look at between at the back of closed doorways at a bio-secure Southampton, beginning on July 8, is ready to be the 1st main world cricket fit since lockdown.
The hole spherical of the firstclass County Championship used to be at first scheduled to start out on April 12.
However within the months because the season used to be behind schedule by way of the virus the ECB have made it transparent that Twenty20 Blast fixtures are their maximum profitable home structure, with world fixtures their largest money draw.
Well being and protection stays the main fear for the ECB, which has licensed the go back to coaching of firstclass counties on or prior to July 1.
“This is a important step for our sport that we’re ready to approve the beginning of the lads’s home season for August 1 and one that shall be welcomed by way of everybody attached with county cricket,” mentioned ECB leader govt Tom Harrison.
Harrison, who in the past warned a season with none fixtures in any respect may price the ECB 252 million kilos ($309 million),” additionally welcomed the enter of the counties and the Skilled Cricketers’ Affiliation in getting ready for a “home season not like any the sport has confronted prior to”.
Harrison stressed out British executive well being steering “will proceed to form our making plans and preparation”.
Two-day pleasant fits between and Yorkshire and Lancashire in July had already been introduced prior to Monday’s remark by way of the ECB.