ECB Statement: Recreational Cricket

Wednesday 18th March 2020

ECB Statement: Recreational Cricket

The Club has confirmed that in line with ECB recommendation, all forms of recreational cricket under the management of Kent Cricket are for now suspended.

The ECB statement issued at 2:10pm today reads:

“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.

“We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

“We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.”

– England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Kent Cricket’s Community Director, Andy Griffiths, said: “Across our network of over 300 community clubs and 200 schools, there are a huge number of coaches, volunteers, players, umpires and groundsman that ensure that cricket remains at the heart of the local community.

“Clearly, at this time, our priority is the health and welfare of everyone who watches, plays, follows and supports community cricket across the County.

“Whilst it is hugely disappointing that community cricket has to be put on hold, in the current climate, and in-line with Government guidance, this is the right decision.

“We take our responsibility to nurture and grow the community game across Kent very seriously and we will keep local clubs, players and officials updated throughout this period through the Community Cricket website and e-newsletter.”