Cricket Business : New Zealand Cricket offers to host England domestic cricket

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is in trouble. The no cricket phase sooner or later will take its toll. ECB had announced on Friday that no cricket would be played in UK before July 1 which means first series of this summer between the home team and West-Indies stand cancelled. In middle of this chaos, ECB has revealed that Cricket New Zealand and some other countries have offered to host the postponed cricket.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison told BBC Sport the board had received “multiple offers” from other countries to help with the domestic season including New Zealand Cricket.

“Yes, We’ve had offers as far away as Australia and New Zealand, those offers are on the table. “I haven’t had anything from Abu Dhabi, but that’s not to say the offer hasn’t been made.” Harrison said.

The English county season was due to start on April 12 after initially being pushed back to May 28. England’s three-test series against the West Indies, which was to start on June 4, has been postponed, with the expected new dates for the international season now from July to the end of September.

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Any decision to take matches – either domestic of international – to another country would have to fit into men’s winter calendar that already features the T20 World Cup, tours of India and South Africa, and a potentially rescheduled two-Test series in Sri Lanka that was cut short in March.

With regard to matches that could be played in the UK this summer, Harrison said the ECB is becoming “comfortable with the idea there won’t be crowds”.

While he said it is too early to say exactly how cricket behind closed doors would be played, Harrison said there would be need to be “significant testing”, as well as moving international matches to the grounds best suited to the demands of such a scenario.