The ECB have recommended that all recreational cricket is suspended for the foreseeable future.
Cricket is the latest sport to feel the impact of the coronavirus, with the likes of football and rugby placed in temporary lockdown.
However, plenty of cricket clubs have already put the recommended measures in place.
The ECB statement read: “Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
“This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
“Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels.
“Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
“It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
“Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues – who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.”
No timescale has been placed on the ECB’s recommended course of action, which still leaves leagues and clubs around the country wondering what will happen this summer.
Medical experts have predicted that the coronavirus pandemic will peak in this country in May, which puts the start of the season in severe doubt.
However, clubs will still require time to rejig fixtures if recreational cricket activity is allowed to resume at some stage.
ECB officials are set to meet tomorrow to discuss the implications for the first-class game.
It is understood a host of measures will be considered, including playing games behind closed doors and extending the season.