Having received guidance from the ECB as well as updates from the Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket League I am now in a position to update you all on the status of the 2020 cricket season, as we stand today.
Please see the ECB statement below which sadly suspends all forms of recreational cricket:
‘’Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues - who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation."
The L&RCL have a follow up meeting in the coming weeks where we will then be in a position to update you with any developments. When we have a clearer picture of the way forward for the 2020 season the committee will be sitting down and putting forward a plan for Senior and Junior subscriptions and membership.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding in these difficult circumstances.
I do hope you and your families stay safe through this difficult situation.
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club