List of all the cricket series affected by coronavirus: full coverage

From saying no to handshakes to playing matches in empty stadiums and eventually calling off almost every series or tour, here’s how the cricketing world was impacted by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

June 2
News – Melbourne Renegades chief to report to Melbourne Stars’ chief

June 1
PCA agrees extension to player pay cuts
News – South Africa cricketers could resume training next week after government nod
Feature – The Briefing: Will they spray sanitiser at trophy presentations in the future?
Downtime Diaries – Lockie Ferguson

May 31
News – West Indies players ‘not that far off’ from full fitness – Assistant coach Roddy Estwick
News – Jasprit Bumrah wants ‘alternative’ to saliva for shining ball in Covid-19 era
News – Sri Lanka’s 13-man squad to begin training on Monday
News – ECB welcomes green light for behind-closed-doors sport
News – Cricket West Indies gives ‘in principle’ approval for England tour
News – Steven Smith willing to play IPL if T20 World Cup is postponed

May 30
Ganguly: ‘BCCI, ICC will be hell bent on getting cricket back to normal’
News – Cricket West Indies announces temporary salary and fund cuts
News – Players question UK government furlough rules after being told not to train

May 29
England’s centrally contracted women will return to training on June 22
Daniel Vettori chips in to help low-income BCB staff members
News – ECB backs Covid-19 substitutes as plans for bio-secure internationals ramp up
News – CA redundancies looming even as forecasts improve
News – Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett left out as England name 55-man training group
News – T20 World Cup fate under ‘very high risk’- Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts
Feature – Unique circumstances provide no consolation for England’s outsiders
News – Kent and Mohammad Nabi agree to cancel T20 Blast deal

May 28
Feature – Mark Nicholas: There is a simple alternative to using saliva on the ball
Feature – Australians who could have IPL-state cricket clash
News – Most county clubs built to last through Covid-19 crisis, Surrey chief says
News – New Zealand Cricket set to suffer job losses amid Covid-19 fallout
News – Australia scheduled to return to action with Zimbabwe ODIs in August
News – ECB confirms no domestic cricket until at least August 1
News – ICC defers decision on 2020 T20 World Cup to June 10
News – Surrey release Michael Di Venuto from his contract early

May 27
News – ICC threatens to shift 2021 T20 World Cup from India over tax issues
News – 2020 T20 World Cup prospects fade, as alternatives sought
News – Paul Stirling: Ireland itching to play England ODIs despite risks
News – County Championship could include Lord’s final with hopes for August start

May 26
Barbados-based West Indies Test players return to training
Downtime Diaries – Ravi Bishnoi
News – Queensland opposed to Cricket Australia cuts despite job losses
News – Rahul Dravid says bio-secure bubbles not a foolproof route to resuming cricket
News – Mitchell Starc: Saliva ban risks ‘boring’ cricket without balance
Video – Starc: Leaving more grass on pitch could be an option
Video – Starc ‘heavily against’ a full pink-ball summer

May 25
News – Bundesliga injuries show need for sensible management of seamers, says Surrey physio
News – ECB handed discretion over move to stage two training by government
Feature – Sport, interrupted: Lights and camera ready but no sign of action
News – Shannon Gabriel: ‘I’m just taking my body back into it easy’
News – Queensland cuts take cricket job losses to 135

May 24
Taufeeq Umar tests positive for Covid-19
Indian Cricketers’ Association to give financial aid to 36 former players
News – West Indies CEO ‘increasingly confident’ England tour will happen
News – Stuart Broad relishes return to bowling

May 23
News – Shakib Al Hasan seeks clarity on ICC’s resumption rules
News – Kyle Coetzer fears cricket will ‘start to be forgotten’ in Scotland
News – CA chief: India tour ‘nine out of 10’ chance of taking place

May 22
News – ICC sets bowlers’ workload guidelines for resumption of cricket
News – Social distancing, ‘safe’ ball management among ICC’s dos and don’ts
News – Chris Woakes admits realities of post-Covid training ‘take up headspace’
Video – Faf du Plessis: I’m used to taking a bit of spit on my fingers in the slips

May 21
News – CSA braces for just ‘half a season’ in 2020-21
News – England women could follow men into training within weeks
News – Kieron Pollard, Faheem – Ashraf’s Northamptonshire deals cancelled
News – South Africa and India plan for T20Is in end August
News – BCCI ‘optimistic’ over prospects for IPL this year
Feature – Five cricketers you should follow on social media during lockdown

May 20
BCB provides sizeable financial aid for other sportspersons News – CA considering disinfecting the ball to adapt to Covid-19 risks
Downtime Diaries – Mickey Arthur
Video – Alex Kountouris: ‘Sweat, saliva issue only one risk factor’
Video – Alex Kountouris: ‘There’s a long way to go, but Australia are on track’
News – Sri Lanka looking at June 1 to start training
News – England bowlers to resume training this week
News – Pakistan players face three months in bio-secure conditions

May 19
Feature – Cricket’s comeback from Covid-19: the state of the game
News – How are cricketers keeping fit in lockdown?
News – England’s return to training held up by safety protocol complications
News – England bowlers to resume training this week
News – Jason Holder voices financial concerns as Windies contemplate England tour
News – Lancashire hopeful spectators could be admitted again in September
News – Cheltenham Festival cancelled as Gloucestershire cut costs
News – Cricketers’ mental health charity faces £250,000 shortfall

May 18
Mashrafe Mortaza’s bracelet fetches big money at auction
New Zealand grass-roots clubs get funding from ANZ Bank
News – No artificial substance or saliva, use sweat to shine the ball – ICC
News – Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host India, Bangladesh in July
News – Babar Azam ‘fears for growth of cricket’ due to Covid-19 pandemic
News – ACA swipes at Cricket Australia: ‘Something is horribly wrong’
News – Darwin open to being testing ground as cricket returns to Australia

May 17
News – India to allow sport behind closed doors; BCCI still cautious on IPL 2020

May 16
News – Pakistan tour of England: PCB ‘very optimistic’, says Wasim Khan
Inbox – Coping with the absence of live cricket
Downtime Diaries – Jemimah Rodrigues

May 15
Shahid Afridi buys bat put up for auction by Mushfiqur Rahim
South African cricketers step up to assist country’s worst-hit communities
News – Australian cricketers prepare for new-look pre-season
Video – Head: ‘I’m excited and nervous about pre-season’
News – Ravi Shastri: ‘Won’t emphasise on world events, start with bilaterals’
News – Club cricketers can return to the nets after new ECB guidance
News – County cricket latest

May 14
News – England set to resume training as ECB lay groundwork for Windies Tests
News – UK’s resumption of elite training rules explained
News – Ashley Giles: England training will be ‘safer than going to supermarket’
News – England face Ben Stokes dilemma as separate Test/one-day squads loom
News – Technology will play a massive role in filling empty stadia – Venky Mysore
News – Vincy Premier T10 League to begin on May 22 in the Caribbean
News – Alyssa Healy concerned by talks of cuts to domestic competitions
NewsIreland’s home summer scrapped as Pakistan, New Zealand postpone tours
News – West Indies will only tour if ‘100% sure’ of safety – CWI chief executive

May 13
Video – Gillespie: Bowlers need something in lieu of spit and sweat

May 11
Kevin Pietersen: Crowd or no crowd, players must play
Downtime Diaries: Jahanara Alam

May 9
BCCI says player dues will be paid soon
The Cricket Monthly – What cricketers of the past did when stuck inside
Video – ‘The magic of a live audience will be missed’ – Kohli
Video – ‘Feeding cows, gardening in lockdown’ – Cummins
Video – ‘You’ve got to be able to shine the ball’ – Cummins

May 8
News – India ready for two-week quarantine to make Australia tour happen
News – Megan Schutt braced for women’s game to feel impact of Covid-19
News – Durham, Edgbaston emerge as potential bio-secure England venues

May 7
News – Payments to counties count as Hundred losses, says Surrey chief executive

May 6
News – Cricket Tasmania announces job losses due to pandemic cost-cutting
News – Players’ association casts doubt on Cricket Australia’s financial warnings
News – Women’s cricket could be sidelined in clamour for bio-secure venues
Explainer – Will the Hundred make a profit?
Downtime Diaries: Kyle Coetzer

May 5
Edgbaston becomes food distribution centre
News – Brendon McCullum sees opportunity for New Zealand in post-Covid-19 BBL
News – Covid-19 crisis could force Australian players to be more self-reliant
News – Tom Harrison denies gambling on Hundred as ECB face £380 million loss
Video – Dobell: I think the Hundred will bring Harrison down
News – Hundred coaches raise retention questions as player contracts cancelled
News – Melbourne Renegades WBBL coach Tim Coyle loses job amid cost-cutting
Podcast – Hundred headache not going away

May 4
Du Plessis raises money to feed the hungry
PCB announces financial aid for players, officials and ground staff
News – Crowds, not teams, the big issue – Australian sports minister on men’s T20 World Cup
News – Kookaburra develop wax applicator for saliva-free ball-shining; Warne wants ‘weighted’ balls
News – Qais Ahmad, AJ Tye’s Gloucestershire contracts terminated
Video – ‘Wish IPL happens so I can learn from McCullum, Morgan’ – Karthik

May 3
News – Jason Roy keen for cricket’s return but admits T20 World Cup doubt

May 2
Video – What’s Rohit up to during lockdown?
Video – Rohit Sharma, ‘a master of grocery shopping’
News – ECB and CWI hold ‘positive’ talks on rescheduling West Indies tour

May 1
News – Saliva and sweat to shine the ball restricted under Australian Covid-19 guidelines
News – Cricket Victoria, community cricket gutted by staff cuts
NewsEngland tour rearranged for January, claims SLC chief executive
News – Tom Harrison faces DCMS Committee to assess Covid’s impact on cricket
News – Colin Graves to stand down as ECB chairman after Hundred postponement
News – Shadab Khan and D’Arcy Short’s Surrey contracts cancelled
Video – It would have been nice to walk down the aisle – Jonassen
Ashok Malhotra-led ICA raises Rs 38 lakh to help struggling cricketers

April 30
NewsThe Hundred launch postponed until 2021
News analysis – Where now for the Hundred following ECB postponement?
News – Closed-door cricket ‘felt like warm-up game’ – Ross Taylor
News – Cricket calls should wait for football return – Ian Healy
News – Don’t scrap ODI Super League, pleads Netherlands coach
Video – It’s only right for the Hundred to be delayed – Roy
Downtime Diaries: Michael Holding
Video – Williamson and Taylor on playing behind closed doors
Video – Rather delay women’s ODI World Cup than play with no fans – Bates
Podcast – Not using sweat or saliva is a murder of bowlers – Nehra

April 29
Video – ‘Recharge your batteries, do your drills, visualise’ – Tendulkar
Video – How Tendulkar is handling isolation

April 28
Azhar Ali puts Champions Trophy jersey, triple-ton bat up for auction
Tamim Iqbal comes to the aid of Bangladesh’s disadvantaged sportspersons

April 27
News – Saliva or artificial substance? Five former quicks have their say
Video – Tait: Legalised tampering might be chance for cricket to move forward
Video – Deep Dasgupta: Allowing ball-tampering will help make cricket an even contest
Sri Lanka Cricket to release LKR 200,000 (approx USD 1040) to member clubs
Ashwin, Maharaj, Pooran’s Yorkshire contracts terminated

April 25
Downtime Diaries: Laura Wolvaardt
Podcast – ‘You don’t want to delay restarting sports for too long’ – Pujara

April 23
News – NZC staff protected but CA keeps players, staff waiting

April 22
News – Cricketing heads meet to plot way out of crisis
News – Cash crunch delays match fees for all West Indies players
Feature – FAQ – What is happening at Cricket Australia?
News – Cricket Australia could redeploy stood down staff to Woolworths
NewsPakistan’s tour of Netherlands postponed indefinitely
News – Chris Woakes puts Tests over T20s in event of concurrent England matches
NewsThe Hundred‘s future uncertain as ECB board prepares for postponement

April 21
KL Rahul sets up auction 2019 World Cup batting gloves, pads, helmet and bat
Downtime Diaries: Cheteshwar Pujara
News – Cricket Australia mulls five India Tests behind closed doors

April 19
Rahim puts up Test double-hundred bat for auction

April 16
Downtime Diaries: Ravi Bopara

April 11
Shakib Al Hasan reunites with family after self-isolation

April 10
Downtime Diaries: Brendan Taylor

April 8
Akhtar proposes India-Pakistan series to raise funds
Australian Cricketers’ Association launches emergency fund

April 7
Downtime Diaries: Tammy Beaumont

April 5
BCB says COVID-19 hasn’t affected their revenue-earning tournaments
Sri Lanka players given ‘individual fitness plans’

April 4
Downtime Diaries: Javeria Khan

April 3
Mumbai umpires offer support to local scorers, match officials
New Zealand women’s tour of Sri Lanka postponed, men’s tours ‘unlikely’

April 2
South Africa men’s squad complete 14-day self-isolation but remain in lockdown for next two weeks

April 1
Harbhajan and Yuvraj lend their support to Afridi’s charity
Downtime Diaries: Tabraiz Shamsi

March 30
Lord’s offers facilities to NHS staff
BCB announces one-time monetary support to women cricketers

March 29
Downtime Diaries: Hanuma Vihari

March 28
BCCI to contribute INR 51 crore to fight coronavirus pandemic
News – Knight signs up for NHS volunteer scheme
BCB announces one-time payment for non-contracted DPL players

March 27
ICC working on contingency planning
Irish season delayed until May 28

March 26
News – Bangladesh players fear salary loss amid uncertainty
Feature – Push T20 World Cup to 2021? Rework WTC? ICC confronted with tough questions
News – Buttler and Stokes training with mid-April IPL start in mind
Centrally-contracted Pakistan players contribute 5 million to fight coronavirus
Feature – ‘The chance to get back out there, we’re all going to cherish that moment’ – James Anderson ICC postpones qualifying events for Associates
News – England women’s Lauren Winfield, Amy Jones stuck in Australia
News – Iain O’Brien launches fundraising appeal

March 25
Bangladesh cricketers pool money to help combat crisis
Space at Eden Gardens made available as a medical facility
ECB offers customised home-training packages to premier cricketers
CWI extends suspension of all domestic cricket

March 24
Kent becomes first county to take steps to offset the financial implications
Downtime Diaries: R Ashwin

March 23
PCB turns training facility into lodging for paramedics
‘No discussion about moving CPL 2020’
ICC shuts headquarters, to ‘convene remotely’ to discuss urgent matters
We need to think about others, not just ourselves – Usman Khawaja
SLC to grant LKR 25 million to government
Cricket Association of Bengal insures players, officials against COVID-19

March 22
Sangakkara in self-quarantine after Colombo return
Jason Gillespie goes into two-week isolation

March 21
Ireland v Bangladesh series in England in May postponed
News – All domestic cricket in Sri Lanka postponed

March 20
News – Former Scotland bowler Majid Haq being treated for Coronavirus.
News – What’s at stake for cricket in 2020?

March 19

PCB confirms all 128 COVID-19 tests are negative
Dhaka Premier League postponed until April 15
Namibia’s Richelieu Franchise T20 postponed
Hong Kong’s Premier League fixtures postponed

March 18

News – South Africa cricketers asked to self-isolate, social distance themselves upon return from India
News – Crunch time for English cricket as domestic game feels the COVID-19 squeeze
European Cricket League postponed

March 17

News – New South Wales named Sheffield Shield champions as final cancelled.
BCCI shuts its offices and asks all staff to work from home.
NewsPSL suspended as player develops COVID-19 symptoms

March 16
News – Plunket Shield cancelled due to coronavirus measures, Wellington named champions
News – Final leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan postponed
Cricket South Africa suspends all cricket
Chris Lynn leaves PSL
Dhaka Premier League halted
Sussex return early from Cape Town

March 15
News – ‘I just had very very mild cold,’ says Lockie Ferguson after coronavirus concerns
News – Broad backs ‘tough but necessary’ decision to return home from Sri Lanka
Over-50s World Cup cancelled over demographics concerns

March 14
Video: BCCI will assess IPL situation every week, says president Ganguly
Video: Heath and safety is of ‘paramount importance’ – Delhi Capitals co-owner
News – Cancellation looms for Sheffield Shield as Australia combat coronavirus
News – BCCI to wait and watch before fixing IPL schedule
News – Root admits England’s ‘relief’ after postponement of Sri Lanka tour
News – Australia v New Zealand cancelled with travel restrictions in place
CSK suspend training camp early and send players home
BCCI puts Irani Cup and other domestic tournaments on hold
West Indies says all cricket in the region will be suspended from March 16 for a minimum of 30 days.

March 13

Lockie Ferguson undergoes coronavirus test after reporting sore throat
MCC v Essex game in Galle and World Cricket Committee meeting in Colombo cancelled
News – India v South Africa ODI series postponed
News – IPL 2020 deferred until April 15
News – Four days shaved off PSL schedule following rejig; 10 overseas players depart
News – Finch, Sodhi reflect on “unique” experience of ODI in an empty stadium
News – Overseas players’ visas and double-headers: things IPL franchises would want clarity on
News – England tour of Sri Lanka postponed
Netherlands tour of Namibia cancelled
Delhi bars all sports activities in the city
World Cup League 2 series in Florida postponed
News – Kane Richardson tests negative for COVID-19
News – Australia-New Zealand ODIs to be played behind closed doors
News – MCG World Cup crowd ‘right thing to do’ – Cricket Australia chief executive
News – England Test schedule in doubt as UK moves to COVID-19 ‘delay’ phase

March 12
ICC Board to hold March meeting via conference call only
News – Australia Women’s tour of South Africa postponed
Video – Would feel weird to play in empty stadiums – Aaron Finch
Karachi PSL games to be played behind closed doors
Last day of Ranji Trophy final to be played in empty stadium
Road Safety World Series postponed
News – IPL 2020 likely to take place behind closed doors
Fan who attended Women’s T20 World Cup final at MCG tests positive
Notts cancel friendly due to Northants’ Singapore tour

March 11
ICC board meeting in March under coronavirus cloud
BCCI releases list of precautions for Indian team
Video – We have some dos and don’ts regarding Covid-19 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
News – World XI v Asia XI matches postponed amid coronavirus fears
News – England ban selfies with fans amid coronavirus fears
News – PSL games to go ahead in Karachi as scheduled
Asia XI v World XI: BCCI to review situation in Dhaka
Surrey and Worcestershire cancel pre-season tours

March 10
No handshakes for South Africa while on tour in India

March 9
News – One ticket per person for first T20I: BCB reacts to coronavirus concerns

March 6
News – CSA going forward with India tour after medical advice

March 5
News – Everest Premier League in Nepal postponed

March 3
News – No handshakes for England in Sri Lanka



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