There is light at the end of the tunnel for sports fans. The latest easing of lockdown has expanded the range of exercise allowed to accommodate golf, tennis and some cricket nets, albeit at a rather awkward distance from each other. While a positive step, as we approach June and the middle of the cricket season there are still significant fears that league cricket may never get off the ground.
All league cricket in Scotland has already been cancelled, citing the extended lockdown and clubs needing a month to prepare pitches as the main reasons, illustrating a quite clear lack of pragmatism that the ECB should avoid emulating. Quite why they think it takes a month for lower league teams to get ready to play is staggering, given the often slow to medium bowling and grassy green pudding pitches with minimal preparation. People are already playing golf, a sport that takes an immense amount of preparation and maintenance, so how hard is it to make a cricket ground playable?