See below statements from DCCL & the ECB with regards to the suspension of cricket following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
After several discussions last night and the announcement by the ECCB today it has been decided to suspend all cricket until the end of May AT THE EARLIEST.
We appreciate that this is causing all of you serious problems but I'm afraid it is in all our best interests.
We will keep an eye on developments over the next few weeks and, when able to, will meet to see what structure the league will be once we start.
In view of the delay, oversea's players don't need to be registered until 1st May, although the earlier the better.
We are trying to get the Match balls delivered to Woodley in late April. I appreciate this may be early, but the balls have already been ordered, so we need to distribute them as soon as possible. HOW they're going to be distributed will depend on circumstances at the time.
Please all keep safe and we'll update you soon.
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 - who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.
We will keep all members up to date with all developments.
Take care everyone & stay safe