Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, has responded to the Sports Recovery Package.

He said: “This morning’s announcement is positive news. Like most sports, cricket has taken a huge hit over the last 12 months and it’s only prudent financial measures and generous support from our Club Members that have seen us through. We look forward to receiving more information on how we can access the emergency funding after the budget.

“We’re also working with the ECB to understand how the England versus New Zealand LV= Insurance Test match in early June might be part of a pilot programme to support the safe return of crowds to venues across the UK. 

“This could incorporate a variety of measures including testing, masks and vaccine certificates along with other social distancing measures. Should we be able to run this as a pilot even, we are confident that we can get a sizable crowd in to the game safely, setting sport up for when full crowds could potentially return after June 21.

“The professional game has been played behind closed doors and cricket clubs across the County have struggled with bars closed and restrictions stopping the game being played in the way we love.  Warwickshire Cricket Board have been excellent in the way that they have helped the recreational game through the pandemic.”