Cricket WILL have packed houses on the grounds from June 21 … but only if Boris Johnson keeps his nerves in check
Cricket WILL have full houses from June 21 on grounds with a capacity of less than 30,000 … as long as dangerous Covid variants don’t emerge and disrupt the roadmap back to normalcy
- Cricket fans will enjoy a vintage summer on the premises
- The government will permit full houses on sites with a capacity of 30,000 from June 21
- However, this depends on whether dangerous Covid variants are spreading in the UK
Cricket fans will enjoy a vintage summer with the government hoping to allow full houses on grounds with a capacity of less than 30,000 from June 21 – provided there is no significant spread in cases of the Indian Covid variant.
Such a move would be a major boost for the ECB, whose finances have been decimated by the pandemic, with losses for the previous year expected to exceed £ 100 million.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Friday that the relaxation of restrictions on Monday would continue as planned, but admitted that any further spread of the Indian variant could make it “ more difficult to move to step four in June ” – when the government of plan is to have fully open locations including sports fields.
Cricket fans will enjoy a vintage summer on the grounds from mid-June
The renovation of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s £ 98 million has brought the iconic site’s capacity to 31,000, but if the government’s plans come true, all sites should be up and running normally by the end of next month.
The relaxation will come too late for the English tests against New Zealand at Edgbaston and Lord’s, but most of the summer schedule has to take place in front of crowded stands.
England will start a Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka on June 23, playing against the same opponents in three one-day internationals, with Pakistan getting six white-ball games before the summer culminates with a five-game test run against India.
The situation is complicated by the fact that the first two T20s against Sri Lanka are in Cardiff. Wales has tighter restrictions than England, with capacity for those games likely to be limited to 4,000.
The plans will also be a big boost for the 18 counties, allowing most of the cash-spinning T20 Blast to be played in front of a packed crowd.
The government hopes to allow full houses on sites with a capacity of 30,000 from June 21
However, this will depend on whether Boris Johnson’s roadmap to normalcy goes without a hitch
The ECB will also be relieved at the prospect of bumper ticket sales for their new Hundred competition, which kicks off with a women’s clash between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21 before the men’s teams meet the next day.
The government is working with the Events Research Program to arrange the return of crowds, with Mr Johnson to be updated after today’s FA Cup final, with 21,000 fans at Wembley.
Cricket is probably the main beneficiary of the relaxation due to its smaller stages.
The FA has resigned itself to driving Wembley at 50 percent capacity for the duration of the European Championship, including the final on July 12, and the RFU may have to accept limited capacity for England’s vs. US and Canada’s matches at Twickenham .