LONDON, March 21: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has suspended all professional cricket till May 28, delaying the start of the new season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ECB took the decision following discussions with the First Class Counties, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Professional Cricketers� Association (PCA).
�It was agreed that, given the current information available, a seven-week delay to the start of the season is the most appropriate approach,� an ECB media statement said.
The Board also announced that it is working on three new options, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the T20 Cup and the women�s schedule against India, for a possible start in June, July or August. �Close liaison with the Government will continue, with discussions on the potential of starting the season behind closed doors and giving sports fans the opportunity to live broadcast action,� the statement said on Friday.
�The potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed.� � PTI