Amid the COVID lockdown in England, the ECB has announced that 24 players vying for selection for the English team shall resume individual skill based training. They will resume practice 0n 22/6/20 before a tri series against South Africa and India.
The South African women’s team was supposed to play two T/20 and 4 ODI matches during this bilateral series in September. England were supposed to tour India in June but both boards agreed to postpone the Tour, due to COVID related lockdown.
Meanwhile the ECB, had earlier announced that Men’s cricket will be prioritised over Women’s Cricket fixtures. This decision comes as they look to alleviate the financial impact caused by the COVID 19, induced break. However we may soon see some women’s fixtures take place as the players will soon be returning to training.
The players will be training across six different venues under bio secure conditions that are in line with the Men’s squad. Notably the Men’s squad has returned to training and will be playing a 3 Test series with the West Indies followed by a tour by Pakistan Cricket team. At first training will be done individually which will later be converted to Small groups as day progress.
The 6 different training venues are ECBs National performance center Loughborough, Emerald Headingly, The KIA Oval, Bristol county ground Central ground Hove and Chester Hall Lancashire.
England Women’s Cricket Director said” We remain hopeful of playing Cricket this summer and it is exciting for this group of players to be ready to return to training. We have had great support from the first class counties with the utilization of their venues and we are grateful for that. Hopefully this is a step forward towards England Women returning to the sector this Summer.”