Over the past hour, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that recreational cricket will return from next weekend.
“We are delighted that the UK Government have given their permission for recreational cricket to return from next weekend. We will shortly be publishing our approved guidelines to help clubs and players prepare for cricket’s return” (ECB).
Prime minister Boris Johnson has introduced that cricket can resume subsequent weekend with tips to be printed within the coming days.
“Having been stumped on radio this morning, the third umpire has been invoked,” mentioned Johnson.
(Video courtesy of the BBC).
Explaining his earlier feedback of a cricket ball being a ‘vector of illness’, he mentioned:
“I sought scientific recommendation and medical opinions, the third umpire has been invoked”
“What I can say is that we do need to work as quick as doable to get cricket again, and we shall be publishing tips within the subsequent few days in order that cricket can resume in time for subsequent weekend.”
Prof Whitty mentioned one of many points with cricket is that it brings collectively ‘a lot bigger variety of folks when it comes to linking households’ than is allowed in tips.
He added: “It’s completely doable to have cricket the place folks do maintain their distance, and supplied folks do not do issues which might be clearly not smart, starting from hugging the bowler if they only bowled somebody for a duck via to spitting on the ball.”
“It must be doable to make the sport itself actually very protected as an outside sport at a distance, it isn’t a contact sport within the sense that a few of high-risk outside sports activities are.”.
He mentioned there have been dangers with folks going right into a crowded area similar to a pavilion to have a tea or a beer.
Bring on next weekend!