`LONDON: No professional cricket will be taking place in England and Wales till May 28th, announced the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The decision came in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The ECB said that it has started modelling a variety of options to start the season in June, July or August. Their immediate focus will be on options for cricket in June that includes the T20 Blast, the three-Test series against West Indies and England women's schedule against India.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said, "The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. With the information available to us at the moment, a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable."
"Securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket," he added.
As such, international cricket, The Hundred and T20 Blast will be prioritized when the season does get underway this summer.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered on Friday that all cafes, restaurants and pubs will remain shut down, except for the take-away food, in order to tackle the novel coronavirus. England has reported over 160 deaths due to the virus.