LONDON (AFP) - Former England captain Alastair prepare dinner has suggested the four-day County Championship may additionally ought to be curtailed or deserted absolutely so officers can salvage "the maximum worthwhile components of the English summer time" following the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday saw the england and Wales Cricket Board introduced that no professional cricket could be performed in England and Wales earlier than may 28.

The County Championship, which contains 4-day first-class fits -- and which cook helped Essex win final season -- was because of start on April 12.


The Champion County fit, the annual curtain-raiser for the 12 months, was to be played among the Marylebone Cricket membership and Essex later this month in Sri Lanka, however were known as off.

County Championship suits do not generate as tons cash as constrained overs furnishings or internationals but are visible as crucial as preparing gamers for five-day tests, still broadly regarded as the top of the sport.

"I should have retired from all cricket after I give up the worldwide stage in 2018 but I stayed on due to the fact I loved playing for Essex and meaning the County Championship," wrote prepare dinner, England s all-time leading check run-scorer in his Sunday instances column.

"I couldn t have requested for a better first season again at the (domestic) circuit than triumphing the name inside the last game of 2019.

"will we get to defend that name? As things stand, there will be no cricket in England until may 28 at the earliest.

"i will say this because I have no monetary interest inside the outcome however it strikes me that those featuring that the authorities prioritise the maximum worthwhile parts of the English summer -- The Hundred, T20 Blast and the countrywide team -- have a factor."

The 35-yr-vintage left-passed opener went on to ask: "can we salvage the 4-day competition?

"probable but so one can demand that we all pull inside the equal course.

"We may be searching at an abbreviated tournament, with greater lower back-to-lower back suits and stretching into early October (from time to time warmer than the second half of April while the season typically begins). We may additionally, as a end result, see extra floodlit cricket and price tag fees will almost honestly need to be reduced.

"None of this is ideal but we all should see the bigger photo -- for our recreation and the u . S . A . As an entire," cook dinner wrote.