Cricket Scotland continues to work towards the return of the sport as soon as safely possible and we are currently working with the regions to draft a fixture list with a view to competitive cricket returning in May, albeit with some restrictions in place.
With the publicity around outdoor sport for adults recommencing in England we appreciate how keen everyone is to get back to playing cricket as soon as possible, but we must continue to work within the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework as we plan the domestic season.
The Scottish Government has stated their intention for the Level system (0 to 4) to return on April 26, subject to the evolution of the virus, with a further easing of restrictions on May 17. This should allow for some sport to be played in May, close to the traditional start date for the cricket season, and we are working with all parties involved to prepare for this.
We continue to work closely with sportscotland on the detail of what activity will be permitted in each level and how fixtures can take place practically within the restrictions. We are seeking specific guidance around travel restrictions and vehicle sharing which we know is crucial to many clubs.
We are aware of many clubs around the country who have now returned to training and we thank you for all the efforts that you are making to abide by the protocols set out in our Return to Cricket Guidance. Last summer we proved that cricket is COVID-safe, and we must continue to lead the way by sticking to the rules.
As we get clarity on how the further easing of restrictions affects cricket, we will update our guidance and we remain optimistic that by working together to mitigate the risks we will see a much better domestic cricket season in 2021, subject to any government changes.