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26 October 2020


Please find below your weekly update including information regarding playing cricket indoors and an extension to the Return to Cricket grant scheme. 

Indoor Guidance 

Please find below updated documents and guidance for playing cricket indoors in England.

A tightening of COVID-19 restrictions means that the following amendments have been made to the guidance:

  1. Local COVID Alert Levels
  2. This guide applies to Local COVID Alert Level 1 (Medium) where the ‘Rule of 6’ applies to adults (i.e. 18+ year olds) participating in indoor cricket activity
  3. There are exemptions to the ‘Rule of 6’ where groups can be larger than 6 people
  4. In England, you are required by law to wear a face covering in certain indoor settings. This does not currently include gyms, leisure centres and other sport facilities, however when not engaging in sport and physical activity visitors the government encourages visitors to wear face coverings in enclosed public areas where possible and practical. Staff in hospitality and retail are be required to wear face coverings.
  5. Venues must also display an NHS QR Code Poster (physically or electronically).

Please access the full guidance for England undefined://ecb-comms.co.uk/1FT6-73HL0-7FW6JW-48LB1A-1/c.aspx&source=gmail&ust=1603799575588000&usg=AFQjCNGxfEMKwBRH8imlsMjVnQrtqy12ng">here.

Guidance for Wales

Further updated indoor guidance for Wales will be published the week after next to prepare for the Welsh “firebreak” restrictions being lifted on 9th November and in line with the latest Welsh Government advice.

Return to Cricket Grant Scheme

We expect financial pressure on clubs to continue over winter and have extended the Return to Cricket grant deadline to the 15 January 2021.

A reminder that the scheme is open to clubs who have not received a a return to cricket grant since the fund relaunched in July.

The updated guidance notes can be found undefined://ecb-comms.co.uk/1FT6-73HL0-7FW6JW-48J8II-1/c.aspx&source=gmail&ust=1603799575589000&usg=AFQjCNH-vNEx1RktZfM9MrWJdBt6Q3Xq4g">here.

20 July 2020

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Fast bowlers have undoubtedly been the real charm in the game of cricket. Watching them take the start like a steam engine, release the leathery ball with a great pace, which swings in the air and uproots the stumps, is simply enthralling. Swing bowling has long been a key weapon and an art of the fast bowlers against the batters. Pacers apply saliva or sweat to shine one side of the ball to better utilize the conventional movement through the air. But the devastating coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the life structures across the globe, is set to alter the gentlemen's sport as well, especially the fast bowling, following the latest rules announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Read this betway cricket article, what cricket legends think about this new rule.

The world governing body of cricket has "temporarily" banned the fast bowlers from applying saliva to shine the ball, which helps them generate greater swing in the air. The ban, which cricket experts reckon will skew in favor of the batsmen, will be treated as implemented in the current three-match Test series between England and West Indies in the UK. All the players and officials will be tested for the coronavirus before the match and remain quarantined before the start of the series. Also, players are going to miss the traditional cheers and claps by the spectators as all the matches will now be played closed doors with strict health protocols.

Unfavorable For Pacers

With players now officially outlawed from applying saliva, sweat is now the bowler's only friend when it comes to shining the ball. Former swing bowler Damien Fleming is only half-joking when he says he can imagine the cover fielder sprinting between deliveries in the COVID-safe environment. Or players warming up more vigorously and wearing extra layers.

According to Wasim Akram, Pakistan's former fast bowler, the ban on applying saliva will "definitely" affect the pacers' ability to swing the ball."All the fast bowlers will generally take a hit from the ban but it will affect Pakistani bowlers who are used to swing with the old ball, more," Akram, who picked up 414 wickets in Test cricket and 502 wickets in one-day internationals during his long international career, that also saw him captain Pakistan to the final of the 1999 ICC World Cup. The ban, he believes, would less affect the pacers having the ability to swing the new ball. Sweat may be an alternative but only in countries where the weather is warm. What if matches are played in New Zealand, England, or other cold environments? Players would certainly feel less heat resulting in less sweat," said Akram, who currently co-hosts a sports show at a local broadcaster.

Take Away

Cricket without spectators was going to be a huge challenge for fans, and players to keep their interest, and enthusiasm going. TV coverage is all right only for those who can't make it to see live action in the arena. But something is better than nothing though. Money matters to keep the games going.

10 June 2020


The Lancashire Cricket Board have put together an Isolation Pack to keep cricket lovers going through this difficult time.



The Lancashire Cricket Hot Pod -  HERE

No Balls with Kate Cross & Alex Hartley - HERE

Opening Up Cricket Podcast - HERE 

BBC Radio 5 Live - Tailenders with Jimmy Anderson, Greg James & Felix White - HERE

BBC Radio 5 Live – The Tuffers & Vaughan Cricket Show - HERE


Bowl Sleep Repeat – Jimmy Anderson

The Nightwatchmen - Roses Special

Lancashire Cricket Yearbook 2019

The Times England's World Cup: The Full Story of the 2019 Tournament

BBC Test Match Special Diary 2019

Free Informative Online Courses & Workshops

ECB ACO Umpiring Course - click here

The Open University free courses - click here

Grow your coaching skills with UK Coaching - click here





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