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Old 12th March 2020, 05:21   #1
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Coronavirus & the 2020 cricket season.

with the N.B.A. just suspending their season for the time being, the tennis tours not playing, and football in potential crisis due to the virus, what impact do you see the virus having on the domestic & international cricket season in england.

from a personal point of view, i'm flying over for the cheltenham cricket festival which starts on june 29th, however i'm delaying buying my flights until i know something concrete.

how will it effect everyone else, if at all.
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Old 12th March 2020, 06:46   #2
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with the N.B.A. just suspending their season for the time being, the tennis tours not playing, and football in potential crisis due to the virus, what impact do you see the virus having on the domestic & international cricket season in england.

from a personal point of view, i'm flying over for the cheltenham cricket festival which starts on june 29th, however i'm delaying buying my flights until i know something concrete.

how will it effect everyone else, if at all.
Think I'll have to channel JŁrgen Klopp here and say that I'm not enough of an expert to be able to comment.

I am a bit surprised that England are still playing in Sri Lanka. I'd have thought the local authorities would've quarantined the England side and the Barmy Army to prevent spread to the Sri Lankan population.
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Old 12th March 2020, 11:25   #3
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with the N.B.A. just suspending their season for the time being, the tennis tours not playing, and football in potential crisis due to the virus, what impact do you see the virus having on the domestic & international cricket season in england.

from a personal point of view, i'm flying over for the cheltenham cricket festival which starts on june 29th, however i'm delaying buying my flights until i know something concrete.

how will it effect everyone else, if at all.
Who knows but bearing in mind County cricket normally only attract crowds of around 400 to 500 hopefully we will be ok T20 could be a different matter however
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Old 12th March 2020, 11:34   #4
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with the N.B.A. just suspending their season for the time being, the tennis tours not playing, and football in potential crisis due to the virus, what impact do you see the virus having on the domestic & international cricket season in england.

from a personal point of view, i'm flying over for the cheltenham cricket festival which starts on june 29th, however i'm delaying buying my flights until i know something concrete.

how will it effect everyone else, if at all.
As Ali says, I am not an expert on diseases, so how it that will play out I do not know. However, the encouraging news from China is that the corner does seem to have been turned due to the curbing measures and immunity developing among the population.

What has to be said first and foremost is that the economic effects of cancelling sports matches are devastating for clubs, associated businesses and individuals. Cricket clubs, like any business, cannot function for long without customers and income.

Many ancillary businesses depend on the cricket season going ahead to survive - kit manufacturers and retailers, caterers, printers, security companies, and so on. Many of these could go bankrupt without their usual cricket income.

Likewise the people who work for those depend on them for a living. Lots of people working at cricket grounds will be without any fixed employment. If you work casually in the bar at a county club that's as much as 40 days' work over a season with long days - the equivalent of over two month's pay in a regular 9-5 job. They are often people at the sharp end and many will not otherwise be able to make ends meet.

In the short-term at least, English cricket does appear uniquely placed among sports to at least cope if sensible measures are taken and not panic ones.

There are no matches that would expect to attract bumper crowds (although a few exceptions I explain below) until May 28. That would give at least that breathing space until then.

Most of the County Championship matches and other early-season games could be staged with sensible social-distancing measures. At grounds like The Oval, that ought to be very practical to implement. It might mean having to close areas that get busy, such as public areas in pavilions and so on, but all 18 HQ grounds are well-equipped with outdoor-serving kiosks etc. normally often only used in T20 and so on, that could be used.

Smaller grounds that are popular even for Championship matches, such as Chelmsford and Taunton, do face a bigger challenge. It might be that public numbers would have to be limited. I am surprised this hasn't been suggested elsewhere in sport - that limited numbers could be admitted with social distancing measures, rather than just playing in empty grounds.

In the County Championship there is also a help, unlike other sports, that we already have an in-built points system for abandoned games - 5 points each. This would mean that in the case of an isolated health issue - such as the virus being located among a team or at a club premises, it would be possible to abandon a match and move on. It's far from ideal, of course, but in my view far preferable to simply shutting down everything.

So far the UK government have tried to keep things going. I hope the ECB are ready to present a robust case such as I have outlined to at least let the season commence to limit economic damage for everyone as much as possible while fully considering health concerns.
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Old 12th March 2020, 11:48   #5
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Old 12th March 2020, 12:08   #6
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On a side note, many grounds where county 2nd XI matches take place are at venues where there is no real way to stop the public from entering. If county regulars were denied entrance to 1st XI matches, they might well turn to the 2nd XI games to at least be able to watch something, thus simply diverting the watching public elsewhere.
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Old 12th March 2020, 12:10   #7
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Worcs cancelled their trip to Abu Dhabi
Lancs cancelled to Abu Dhabi and SA
Derbys went to Zimbabwe
Northants went to Singapore

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cr...us-spread.html

Notts to host Lancs.
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Old 12th March 2020, 13:04   #8
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Durham are also in Zimbabwe.
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Old 12th March 2020, 14:19   #9
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Old 12th March 2020, 17:59   #10
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I really don't expect to be watching much cricket this season. Worcester's first home game has been moved to Kidderminster, a ground I rather like but where toilet facilities are mainly of the portaloo variety. Given that seating is limited it's best to take one's own and hope to find a spot away from other supporters.

If New Road can be made ready for cricket, it should be possible to find a quiet spot in the Basil D'Oliveira stand.

The Cheltenham festival would normally be a must but also relies on portaloos and it can be difficult to find a quiet spot.

I am unimpressed by the hygiene habits of some cricket watchers, for whom hand washing appears to be a rare event. They won't queue for washing facilities especially with portaloos.

Of course nobody can be sure how severe measures to combat the virus mayl become. Whatever happens, health must come first and foremost. Difficult financial circumstances can be overcome - not so death.
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Old 13th March 2020, 12:08   #11
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I can't see the season now starting with the escalation in measures being taken.
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Old 13th March 2020, 14:28   #12
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I think it almost inevitable the 2020 cricket season won't start in April. Indeed, given the suggestion that the peak of the epidemic in the UK will be in June, there must be some doubts as to whether it will start before July.

If so, in order to get a reasonable season of County Championship cricket (the most important) and T20 (the most lucrative), I'd suggest:

1. Canceling the RL Cup (a shame as I like 50 over games, but it needs to be sacrificed for the good of the county game); and
2. Removing all county players from the 100: that can be played by overseas players and non-contracted players.

This will allow the CC & the T20 to be rescheduled and played in July-September.
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Old 13th March 2020, 14:40   #13
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I think it almost inevitable the 2020 cricket season won't start in April. Indeed, given the suggestion that the peak of the epidemic in the UK will be in June, there must be some doubts as to whether it will start before July.

If so, in order to get a reasonable season of County Championship cricket (the most important) and T20 (the most lucrative), I'd suggest:

1. Canceling the RL Cup (a shame as I like 50 over games, but it needs to be sacrificed for the good of the county game); and
2. Removing all county players from the 100: that can be played by overseas players and non-contracted players.

This will allow the CC & the T20 to be rescheduled and played in July-September.
I suspect they'd more likely cancel the 100 than your suggestion. If the CC started in July then they'd only play half the games. T20 matches could be played as double or triple headers.
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Old 13th March 2020, 17:17   #14
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I was intending to renew my membership at the end of the month but I think I'll hold fire until I know there's going to be some cricket to watch.
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At least grassroots cricket hasn’t been canned yet.
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I have a horrible feeling the County Championship will be cancelled.

Not sure how far that £1.3m handout will go but I don't think the ECB have any more in reserve

We could be in a position where despite serious objections to the format, we need the Hundred to be a success for county cricket to still be here next season.
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Old 13th March 2020, 22:22   #17
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Due to be updated as more news is available. Detailed section on the county game.

"Our main priorities are to ensure we scope out the landscape for financial, logistical and scheduling implications." ECB's current position
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Old 14th March 2020, 07:37   #18
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I have a horrible feeling the County Championship will be cancelled.

Not sure how far that £1.3m handout will go but I don't think the ECB have any more in reserve

We could be in a position where despite serious objections to the format, we need the Hundred to be a success for county cricket to still be here next season.
I suspect there are a lot of similarly sized businesses across the country who are worried about their financial future.
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Although my recreational team plans to start the season, this is rather dependent on people not getting ill and the transport system still operating.Canít help thinking that we are going to have a quiet time on here for a few months with no professional cricket likely.
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Although my recreational team plans to start the season, this is rather dependent on people not getting ill and the transport system still operating.Canít help thinking that we are going to have a quiet time on here for a few months with no professional cricket likely.
Are you feeling better today?

Zimbabwe Select XI v Derbys seems the only cricket on at the moment
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