The ECB has unveiled a £61 million support package for cricket at both professional and recreational levels in a bid to mitigate some of the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the governing body for cricket in England and Wales, some £40 million will be available immediately, with the early release of three months’ county partnership distributions to First-Class Counties (FCCs) and their County Cricket Boards (CCBs) as well as two years’ worth of facilities maintenance distribution. A further £5.5m will also be made available for counties who are not eligible for 2020-2021 ordinary facilities maintenance distributions.
Tom Harrison, CEO, ECB, said: "We would like to thank everyone within the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect the game during this period of uncertainty.
"We understand these are challenging times and it has been our priority to provide swift and immediate support to all members of the cricket family at every level in England and Wales.
"We are fully aware that the situation with COVID-19 will continue to develop, and it will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear. We will continue to work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond."
The ECB has also said that, in line with government advice, the start of the cricket season will be delayed until at least 28th May, while a range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are currently being modelled.