With recreational cricket in a form of limbo as we move towards what would have been the half-way point of the 2020 season, the Executive met in a video conference meeting on Wednesday 1 July. The main purpose of the discussion was to consider possible plans to recommence playing cricket in Huddersfield when given approval by the ECB.
As there is still no firm date for when recreational cricket can commence it is clear that neither league cricket nor cup competitions scheduled for 2020 can now take place. All 2020 fixtures will therefore be rescheduled in 2021 (with 2020 fixtures moving to their respective dates in 2021).
Nevertheless the Executive is hopeful of receiving a green light from the ECB to recommence cricket in either the second half of July or at the beginning of August, and plan to run an alternative, specially designed, limited overs style competition in the weeks available to the middle of September.
Obviously, until it becomes clear what adaptions might be imposed on the resumption of recreational cricket, the finer details can’t yet be decided. This once off competition is expected to consist of a non-compulsory tournament that involves a set of fixtures being drawn up by our Match & Registrations Secretary based on recent league table positions and possibly geographical too.
Club secretaries will be asked to respond to a survey sent to all clubs by the League General Secretary to indicate interest in entering one (a 1XI), two (a 1XI & 2XI) or no teams into the proposed tournament. The Executive will then use this feedback to decide the best way forward.
In other news; the 2020 Annual Dinner which normally takes place in November will not now go ahead.
A full set of minutes from the July Executive Meeting will be published shortly.