Cricket Wales & ECB statement – Coronavirus – March 18th 2020
The outbreak and impact of Coronavirus in the UK is a serious, unprecedented and currently still very unpredictable matter.
Cricket Wales has been in close and regular dialogue with colleagues at Glamorgan Cricket and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in order to align our approach and to manage our response for our staff, visitors to venues, participants and supporters of cricket.
These conversations are ongoing and our approach has been to follow the standing government advice. In light of the recent shift in the UK government’s position, in relation in particular to ‘non-essential travel and contact’, the ECB has today updated its advice to the recreational game.
Cricket Wales supports this position and urges all clubs, leagues, participants and volunteers to follow this guidance and suspend all cricket activity.
Cricket Wales’ priority is the safety and wellbeing of all participants in what will undoubtedly be a testing time for our sport and, indeed, our nation. We will endeavour to serve cricket in the best and most appropriate way possible, under the challenging circumstances we will all face in the coming weeks and months.
We will of course continue to update you regularly, as this situation evolves. E.C.B. STATEMENT.
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.