Message from the CEO 1 May 2020

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I hope this finds you safe and well.

I am conscious this weekend would have seen the first league fixtures of the 2020 season for a number of clubs and we are all, understandably, very sad that these games, and those that were planned for the foreseeable future, are not currently permitted to take place, and we can’t get out and enjoy the game we love and the company of our team-mates.

At Cricket Wales, we are continuing our regular dialogue with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who are working closely with UK government and Public Health officials to plot a safe return to cricket (both professional and recreational) as soon as is possible, but sadly recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice.

We will continue to provide further updates, as soon as we get them, via our digital channels and directly through our staff team, on the possibility of play this season and any other relevant information to help clubs, leagues and volunteers continue to navigate this difficult time.

I have been extremely encouraged to hear and read about a large number of clubs with successful applications to government relief and support schemes and accessing Sport Wales grants and ECB loans. I have also been heartened to receive a number of emails recently, thanking us for the information and support that Cricket Wales has been able to provide clubs and leagues across the country, and particularly highlighting the diligence and commitment of individual staff members.

I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to write and feed back, and I want to reassure you that we will continue to strive to set the standard for club and league support among our County Board peers, to ensure we protect every club, as best we can, from the impact of Covid-19 and to support you in identifying and managing risks.

Lastly, I have also been incredibly impressed with the numerous community and charitable efforts that the cricket family in Wales has undertaken during this challenging period; I commend and thank everyone involved, and I have been extremely proud to share your endeavours with colleagues at the ECB. We will continue to hero these stories on our social channels; @CricketWales on Twitter, Cricket.Wales on Instagram and Facebook.com/CricedCymru so please do continue to share them with us.

For now, please continue to stay strong and stay safe. Please do continue to support your clubs and your communities in any way you can.

We WILL get through this together and Cricket in Wales will come back stronger.

Leshia Hawkins CEO

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