Updated 20 March 2021 – based on 2021 ECB guidance
The ECB have published the roadmap for return of recreational cricket, as from Monday 29 March – so the Allstars 2021 season can begin as planned!
Like last year, it’ll not be cricket quite as we know it, and we’ll all have to observe the same precautions as we did in 2020 to ensure our games can be played in as safe an environment as possible.
The ECB have now published their guidance as to the conditions recreational cricket will have to played in to minimise the risk of infection before, during and after a game. It’s essentially the same as last year, and is summarised in the attached infographics:
Based on this guidance, we’ll once again need to do the following for all Allstars games until further notice. It’s really important everyone observes these rules for the safety of all of us.
Before the game:
- Bring your own food and drink – we won’t be sharing teas and may not all be able to go to the pub.
- Arrive changed if possible – all changing rooms will be closed.
- Please bring your own gloves and helmet if at all possible, so we can minimise sharing of these particular items of club kit.
- Bring your own hand sanitiser, and your own pen in case you need to do some scoring.
- Avoid sharing lifts if possible.
During the game:
- Maintain social distancing at all times. The keeper and slips, in particular, must remain at least 1 metre apart.
- No sweat or saliva must be applied to the ball at any time. It is the captain’s responsibility to sanitise the ball.
- Batsmen must run in the marked running lanes away from other players.
- There will be a “hygiene break” every 6 overs, where we will all hand sanitise and clean the ball.
- Use your own equipment as much as possible. Ensure you sanitise your hands before putting pads on and taking them off – especially if you’re wearing club pads.
- Batsmen must clean the bat handles after leaving the field.
- The umpire is the only person which can put the bails back on and must not handle the ball at any time.
- Limit the numbers doing the scoring – if possible, only one or two scorers per innings.
- You must sanitise the scoreboard before touching it.
After the game:
- Continue to observe social distancing at any post-match gathering. As we may not be able to all go to the pub, we’ll have our own drinks.
- We will sanitise all the club kit thoroughly. In particular, we will store the wicketkeeper’s kit separately so that only the designated keeper has to touch it.
- If you or any of your household experience COVID symptoms or test positive – please let Garreth know straightaway. We maintain a contacts database of all players so that we can contact them all ASAP.
We’ll update this page if and when the ECB advice changes.
Looking forward to a new and safe Allstars season!