Chairman Daryl Mitchell provides an update.

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The Professional Cricketers’ Association supports the decision to extend the delay to the start of the professional cricket season until at least 1 July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PCA continues to be involved in various working groups, collaboratively with the ECB and first-class counties and agreed to the recommendation of delaying the season by a further month, which has been approved by the ECB Board.

PCA Chairman, Daryl Mitchell, said:

“Our focus still remains on following Government and NHS advice at this difficult time for our members and everybody in society.

“As the players representative body we do have to plan for the resumption of cricket and to ensure player safety. We are pleased with the consultation process and the steps taken to protect the players and the game at this time.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the ECB and the first-class counties in regards to the environments and schedules for cricket to return. We are still hopeful we will be able to return to playing international and domestic cricket this summer but only when the Government advice allows us to do so.

“Through these times of uncertainty, our member services team have adapted to the situation to continue their excellent service for members in supporting their wellbeing while providing ideas and opportunities while staying at home.

“The PCA will continue engaging with our members on a consistent basis to provide the necessary support and guidance as we remain resolute in standing together to support each other through this crisis.”