The Specsavers County Championship Is Back!
The men’s Specsavers County Championship will return as confirmed by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today. The fixtures are set to start from August the 1st.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that no cricket has been played so far this summer. This holds true for both England and Wales. International action, however, will return as soon as next week. England will face West Indies in a behind-closed-doors Test series from July 8.
In the coming weeks, it is likely that the 18 first-class counties will meet to decide which formats will be played out for the remaining part of the summer.
The ECB has also made a commitment to play women’s cricket this summer when possible. There has been no advance on the resumption of club cricket as of yet.
When the season begins, the possibility of regional fixtures may be advanced to reduce issues with travel. It is likely there will be around eight weeks of competitive action. This is if the season begins on August the 1st as planned. The T20 Blast may take priority over other competitions due to the logistics and broadcast possibilities.
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What The ECB Said
Tom Harrison (ECB’s CEO) said “It must be stressed that the safety of our players, staff and officials has been the first priority through all discussions. Government guidance will continue to shape our planning and preparation”
The return of the Specsavers County Championship is likely to be a step forward for the ECB. This is because it means that both domestic and international cricket will be in action. This is crucial in the fight against the Coronavirus.
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