A position statement from Wyncote Ramblers regarding COVID-19 and cricket

Given the extremely serious health concerns relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic, notwithstanding the relaxation of ‘lockdown’ conditions and in light of the ongoing guidelines issued by the ECB, it is extremely difficult to see how any cricket can be played prior to 1st August, the apparent revised target date for for the commencement of the domestic professional game. In addition, the regular and ongoing scrutiny of relevant research publications indicates, that on the balance of probabilities, the projected rate of spread of the virus will not decline to such a level so as to allow the complete abandonment of physical distancing within the foreseeable future. Such a scenario clearly makes both the actual playing of cricket and the provision of a risk-free environment for match officials, caterers and spectators impossible.

In consequence, it is with great reluctance that a sensible, informed and pragmatic decision has been taken to cancel all fixtures up to and including 30th July. We trust both our members, opponents and host clubs are understanding and supportive of our position. A second Position Statement relating to fixtures scheduled for August and September will be published in due course, with any decisions documented therein informed by similar levels of rigour to those detailed above.
During this time of such great uncertainty the difficulties faced by our Club will continue to be exacerbated by the geographically disparate nature of its membership base, the age distribution of the members themselves and the necessarily lengthy lead in time required to raise sides and to provide match officials and catering. These factors combined with concerns for both the health of everyone associated with the Club and also our responsibilities to wider society will be integrated into any future decision making process.

We trust that all our members, and those of our opponents and clubs who kindly host Ramblers home fixtures are remaining both resilient and in good health.

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