The England and Cricket Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that no professional game will take place in the country till May 28 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. They are, thus, planning to start the season from June or July, with two high profile series’ likely to be postponed. West Indies were to tour to the country in May, while the Indian Women’s team were to play in England as well early this summer.
The T20 Blast and the inaugural season of The Hundred will be postponed as well.
ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces.”
“With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable.
“Securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket,” he added.
England has seen over 160 deaths from the pandemic thus far, which has forced the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the shutdown of all cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms.