Recreational cricket MAY return from next weekend as the government turns around, Boris Johnson says
“After being punched on the radio, I sought scientific advice”: recreational cricket CAN return next weekend if government turns around, says Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that cricket can be resumed next weekend with guidelines to be published in the coming days.
“Because I was stumped on the radio this morning, the third referee was called in,” Johnson said.
Explaining his previous comments on a cricket ball that is a “vector of disease,” he said, “I was looking for scientific advice and medical opinion, the third referee was called in.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that cricket can be resumed next weekend
“What I can say is that we want to work as soon as possible to get cricket back, and that we will publish guidelines in the coming days so that cricket can resume in time for next weekend.”
Professor Whitty said that one of the problems with cricket is that it brings together “a much larger number of people in terms of connecting households” than guidelines allow.
He added, “It’s perfectly possible to have cricket where people keep their distance, and provided people don’t do things that are clearly not sensible, ranging from hugging the bowler when they’ve thrown someone for a duck to spitting on the ball.
“It should be possible to really make the game very safe as a distance outdoor sport, it is not a contact sport in the sense that some high-risk outdoor sports are.”
He said there are risks if people enter a crowded space, such as a pavilion to drink tea or a beer.