Ireland cricketers back in training

North West contracted Irish cricketers returned to training on Monday, as the local union stepped up their ‘return to cricket’ programme.

By Lawrence Moore
Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 12:30 pm

Also this week, the North West Cricket Union are providing all local clubs with sanitizers, signage and one-to-one advice on compliance.

The Board of NWCU held a ‘virtual’ meeting last week with a primary focus on the domestic season and supporting clubs through the ‘Return to Cricket’ process.

The Board agreed that in keeping with feedback from last week’s consultations there will be no promotion or relegation at the end of the 2020 season.

The Cricket Operations Committee will meet tonight to discuss potential formats for competitions later in the summer. They will then engage in consultation with clubs and present their proposals to the Board later this month.

Covid-19 Protocols and checklists were sent to all NWCU clubs by Cricket Ireland/NWCU on Monday.

This pack included guidelines on cleaning, guides to training for players and coaches, a pre-restart checklist and several helpful templates.

All clubs have today been assigned a dedicated NWCU Covid-19 Support Officer who will help to support our clubs return to training and playing.

Some Ireland players trained at Bready Cricket Club.

These Support Officers have already been in touch with their clubs yesterday, outlining some of the steps for next week. The Board would also like to acknowledge the dedicated work by Cricket Ireland in leading on the ‘Return to Cricket’ process.

The NWCU have appointed COVID-19 Safety Support Officers who are assigned to clubs, and will be supporting clubs back to activity. While Cricket Ireland have developed an approved set of protocols and provided guidelines for implementation, the NWCU strong advice to clubs prior to restarting any coordinated activity is to contact your insurer and discuss any matters regarding liability in regards to individual policies.

Cricket activity should not resume until a club is set up to comply with the requirements in the return-to-train protocols.

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