Saturday, May 30, 2020

Cricket West Indies has granted approval in principle for the proposed Test tour of England in July as the return of international cricket moves closer.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has named a bumper 55-man training group ahead of what it hopes will be a busy international schedule, with a host of new and returning faces joining the core squad.

The Twenty20 World Cup may not go ahead as the leader of the game in host nation Australia revealed the schedule for October and November is under a “very high risk”.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no play before August 1.

Eoin Morgan would be “surprised” if the T20 World Cup goes ahead as scheduled later this year but indicated any deferment will not shape his future as England captain.

The owner of cricket ball manufacturer Dukes says bowlers should have ‘no problem’ producing swing in England this summer despite the imminent ban on using saliva.

Under normal circumstances, Essex would this week be embarking on the defence of their Vitality Blast T20 title.

The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s recommendation of a temporary ban on using saliva to shine the ball could hand batsmen a significant advantage, claims Australia paceman Mitchell Starc.

With live sport remaining on hold during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown, why not put your sporting general knowledge to the test?

Essex Cricket have jointly launched ‘Together Through This Test’ – a nationwide campaign to shine a light on how the cricket family has reached out to local communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ronnie Irani comes over all Frank Sinatra when he explains the philosophy that has made Essex the most successful county team of recent times.

England’s women cricketers could return to training as early as next month as managing director Clare Connor revealed they are committed to completing as much of the international schedule as possible.

England bowlers like James Anderson may have have to rely on perspiration and inspiration this summer after the International Cricket Council recommended a temporary ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has released guidelines to players and clubs on steps to take to stay safe when exercising in an outdoor cricket club environment.

James Anderson is excited about the prospect of playing Test cricket for England this summer, even if the lack of atmosphere might make it seem more like the County Championship.

London’s National Cricket League has been keeping member clubs engaged during the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

England cricketers will return to individual training from next week with a reassurance that safety protocols should make the sessions less risky than a trip to the supermarket.

Professional sports in the UK are awaiting further details on the Government’s plans to ease the lockdown going forward as the Premier League prepares for another meeting on Project Restart later on Monday.

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart admits it may be best for the long-term health of county cricket if there is no action this season.

England captain Joe Root is “very optimistic” Test cricket will be played this summer, even if his side could have to go into a nine-week quarantine.

Players due to take part in The Hundred this summer have been informed their contracts have been terminated in a letter from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Disabled youngsters up and down the country have been able to keep up their cricket skills during lockdown thanks to an online initiative from Lord’s Taverners.

Tom Harrison has warned that coronavirus could cost the England and Wales Cricket Board £380million in a worst-case scenario.

Australian manufacturer Kookaburra has developed a wax applicator that would allow cricket balls to be shined without using sweat or saliva and believes it could be ready to use within a month.

Capital Kids Cricket are coming up with a wide range of ways to keep youngsters active during the coronavirus pandemic.

Breaking Boundaries has praised the work of one of their young volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Shepherd Neame Essex League announced an attempt to start the 2020 season on July 11 in a statement released on Friday night.

The London Cricket League have been showing their support for Essex Cricket’s Coronavirus Outreach campaign with an online challenge.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that the launch of The Hundred will now take place in summer 2021.

The Hundred’s inaugural season is set to be formally delayed at a board meeting of the England and Wales Board Cricket Board on Wednesday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board could consider private equity investment for The Hundred in an effort to minimise the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has claimed.

With live sport remaining on hold during the ongoing coronavirus shutdown, why not put your sporting general knowledge to the test?

The start of the 2020 cricket season in England has been pushed back until July 1 at the earliest, with the Test series against the West Indies officially postponed.

Additional delays to the 2020 season and the likely postponement of The Hundred were up for discussion at a board meeting of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday evening.

Essex have confirmed that overseas signing Peter Siddle will not join up with the side during the 2020 season, with his contract revised for 2021.

Essex Cricket Club continue to offer help to the NHS through volunteering with Supporting Humanity, an east London charity delivering hot meals to ICU staff in 14 hospitals across the capital and the county.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many aspects of life and one of the most fundamental parts of cricket has now come under the microscope – the shining of the ball.

Essex groundsman Stuart Kerrison admits he is like a coiled spring ready to burst into frenzied action when the signal is finally given for the 2020 cricket season to begin.

Sporting Films: Beyond All Boundaries

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Beyond All Boundaries (2013) is a film documentary which illustrates India’s national obsession with cricket through the stories of three individuals whose lives are bound up in the game.

According to the now redundant fixture list, Anthony McGrath should be overseeing Essex’s first domestic outing of the season today, a final limber-up at Fenner’s against Cambridge students.

Essex Cricket players and the majority of non-playing staff have been placed on furlough leave because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Simon Harmer is delighted to be flying the flag for the county game as one of Wisden’s cricketers of the year, taking his place in a tradition he has followed since his childhood in Pretoria.

Aaron Beard came as close as anyone to ending Sir Alastair Cook’s undisputed, career-long claim to be the fittest man in cricket.

An image of Ben Stokes just after he hit the winning runs in the third Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Headingley has won the Wisden–MCC Photograph of the Year competition for 2019.

Essex cricketers joined the fight against coronavirus by preparing 1,000 hot meals for NHS staff on Monday.


The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

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