Cricket's Return to Play - Roadmap for England

The ECB has today released its roadmap and accompanying documents in order to provide the cricket network with the headline information on what activities are going to be permissible during each step of the Government’s Roadmap. Below you will find the full ECB statement from today, together with supporting documentation. However, before going on that statement and the documentation, Wiltshire Cricket would provide the following statement:

Wiltshire Cricket Statement re. ECB roadmap:

Wiltshire Cricket welcomes the release of the ECB roadmap as it provides confirmation of the ever increasing confidence that we have felt in recent weeks regarding the return of recreational cricket and the prospects for a really positive summer at all levels of the game. We would highlight that the information released today is at a very headline level, and that during the course of next week the Government will be releasing sport’s sector wide guidance for step 1b of its roadmap (effective from 29th March). Therefore, it’s really important for everyone to be patient with regards some of the specific detail that is simply not available to ECB at this point in time. During the course of next week we are anticipating detailed Outdoor Playing Guidance being released by ECB and so until then we would ask everyone to refrain from getting too concerned at some of the specific detail that may be missing from today’s roadmap. As ever, we are living in a fast changing world whereby guidance on specific issues can be subject to change at regular intervals. There are also certain aspects of the Government’s roadmap for which we may never have specific detail on and therefore it will be incumbent on the cricket network to continue to act responsibly and within the spirit of government guidance as best as we possibly can. However, for now, we urge everyone to look out for further detailed guidance next week, and to look forward with excitement to the various stages of the season as outlined in today’s announcement.

ECB Statement – Cricket’s Return to Play – Roadmap for England and Guidance for Wales

ECB has released its anticipated roadmap for the return of cricket in England from 29 March, as well as guidance for Wales.

We have been working closely with both the UK Government and the Welsh Government to provide clarity in what the easing of lockdown restrictions mean for recreational cricket across England and Wales. 

We know that our communities, players and volunteers will have missed the social, physical and health benefits of participating in our great game and we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the nations recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Importantly, we also know that we have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our communities by ensuring compliance with both the latest Government guidance. 

The aim of the accompanying documents is to share with you the information we currently know about what the return to cricket at the end of March will look like, in order to help your planning. This is based on our ongoing conversations with the Government and key partners to date and information published on

For England, we have produced a roadmap and accompanying documents (linked below) in order to provide you with the headline information on what activities are permissible during each step of the Roadmap.  We will continue to update this document and will share those updates with you over the course of the season.

For Wales, we have worked closely with Sport Wales and Cricket Wales to provide the accompanying guidance.

We will continue to update the relevant information as and when we receive more information on the latest position across both England and Wales.