ECB confirm that County cricket will resume from August 1

ECB confirm that County cricket will resume from August 1, with formats played decided on Monday

  • County cricket will be played this summer after the ECB give their approval
  • It has been announced that competitive domestic action will resume in August
  • The formats played will be decided on Monday via a vote among the chairmen
  • A two-thirds majority of 12 votes is required to confirm the format played 

County cricket will be played this summer after the ECB gave their approval for competitive domestic action to resume from August 1.

The formats played will be decided on Monday via a vote of the 18 first-class chairmen. A two-thirds majority of 12 votes is required.

Two models have been devised by the professional game group — a body of four county CEOs — with an abridged, regionalised County Championship and a Twenty20 tournament their preference. The fall-back option is a 50-over cup preceding the T20s with first-class derbies mixed in.

County cricket will be played this summer after the ECB give their approval to return to action

‘It is a significant step for our game that we are able to approve the start of the men’s domestic season for August 1 and one which will be welcomed by everyone connected with county cricket,’ said ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

‘It has only been achievable thanks to the significant hard work as we prepare for a domestic season unlike any the game has faced before.

‘The safety of our players, staff and officials has been the first priority through all discussions and Government guidance will continue to shape our planning and preparation.’

It is expected that all 18 county squads will be back in training by this Wednesday, and the ECB have also committed to the playing of women’s domestic cricket in some form in 2020.

It has been announced that competitive domestic action will resume from August 1 this year



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