Following the recent announcement on the return of recreational cricket from 11th July we are pleased to be able to share with you the new ECB guidelines (please note there is a slight edit from the version sent out yesterday - 'antibacterial' wipes changed to 'antimicrobial' wipes).
"Cricket is the first team sport that has been granted approval by the government to return to an adapted match play programme and this is fantastic news. This announcement brings with it a huge level of responsibility for us all. Collectively as a game we must do all we can to keep everyone involved safe at all times. It is immensely important that clubs read all of the guidelines thoroughly, as it is on the basis of these being followed that the government has approved the return of the game. " Matt Theedom, DCB Development Manager
The guidelines cover a number of areas of the game, including:
- Pre-match adaptations regarding transport and symptom checking.
- In-game adaptations applying to social distancing measures, hygiene, match officials and the use of equipment.
- Post-game adaptations, including the potential use of club facilities.
- Advice for coaches specific to individual sessions and junior cricket.
To support this, the ECB have also produced an eight step infographic and an infographic for pre-match, in-game and post-game adaptations below. The Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) have also released their own guidelines for umpires and scorers here.
Please ensure you have read the ECB guidelines on preparing facilities and put into action the necessary measures.
More guidance regarding the safe return of All Stars Cricket will be released next week.
Frequently asked questions regarding the guidance can be found here
Special measures are in place for clubs and teams who fail to comply with the guidelines.