On Thursday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) canceled a couple of national tournaments along with the Dynamo Cricket because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, ECB said, “As we working on recreational cricket continuously to return cricket on or around 4th July, though it is clear that considering the current situations we can’t run some elements of the prescheduled 2020 cricket season, which includes a couple of national tournaments as well as Dynamo Cricket.”
There would be the necessity of rescheduling a lot of matches, which could make it tough for clubs to host other cricket logistically.
The statement read “With a compressed summer ensuing in fixture challenges, we have decided to call off the mentioned tournaments to ensure that all cricketers have a chance to participate.”
It also added, “Furthermore, to ensure most flexibility to all clubs following a return to action and according to us, it is safe for clubs as well as for cricketers to lessen their traveling amount. We will give more priority to local playing opportunities than regional and national tournaments.”
The matches which are canceled include National County Showcase Fixtures v First-Class Counties, National Counties Championship (Three-day cricket), Royal London Club Championship, Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup and Plate, Vitality Men’s Club T20 Cup and Plate, U17 Super Fours, U18 Boys County Championship, Royal London Boys County Age Group Under 14, 15 and 18 Cup Competitions, ECB David English Bunbury Festival, Royal London Girls County Age Group Under 15 and 17 Cup Competitions, ECB Over 50s County Championship, ECB City Cup, ECB Girls U15 Festivals, and ECB Girls Regional Development Centre Festival.
However, England and Wales Cricket Board have been working continuously with the England Government to find out ways to resume recreational cricket on or around 4th July as they continue to loosen other COVID-19 restrictions more preciously across society.