Cricket stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic – what is next for the professional game?

The ECB have announced that professional and recreational cricket in England and Wales has been suspended until at least the May 28 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This has resulted in the start of the English domestic season being delayed, it had been scheduled to get underway on Easter Sunday.

Gloucestershire earned promotion to division one of the County Championship last season after finishing 3rd, behind Lancashire and Northamptonshire in the table.

England did manage to fit in a tour of South Africa prior to the sporting calendar being stopped, as well as the England Lions touring Australia in February and March, the squad included Gloucestershire wicketkeeper James Bracey who scored 186 runs on the tour and also took 11 catches behind the stumps

A further announcement is expected from the ECB in April .

Update – Cricket suspended further until July 1st

It has been confirmed that all professional cricket in England will be suspended further until the start of July at the earliest.

BBC broadcasters Mark Church and Kevin Howells talk to us about how they are coping in lockdown and what the prospects are of cricket returning this summer.

As a result, the whole of the first half of the County Championship has been affected, as well as England’s Test Match series against the West Indies which was scheduled to take place in June which has been forced to be postponed.

The launch of the Hundred has also been postponed by a year and will now start in July 2021 after the ECB announced a delay to their newest competition.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Jason Roy of Oval Invincibles one of the eight new mens and womens teams that will be competing in new 100 ball cricket competition, The Hundred, starting in summer 2020 during The Hundred Launch on October 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for ECB)

Gloucestershire players Benny Howell, David Payne and Ryan Higgins were all selected by teams in the Hundred draft which took place last October.

The ECB will announce a further announcement on cricket in the UK next month.

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