Ireland and England will compete in three ODIs on July 30th, both sides hoping to win the Ages Bowl in Southampton. Some players potentially couldn’t compete for the upcoming series, with concerns regarding the coronavirus forcing these individuals into a Bio-Bubble. England’s National Cricket Team announced that five players had been released, allowing them to compete against Ireland. Four crickets were sectioned to the Bio-Bubble, with the 5th being removed from the West Indies Test Series after the return of Joe Root. Those permitted to resume competition cannot return until the Ireland ODIs
It’s known that Joe Denly has received permission to start training with England immediately. Training sessions before the third & final West Indies Test Match will see Joe Denly working towards the Ireland ODIs. Joe Root returning from paternity leave saw Denly forced from competing in the remaining two test series with West Indies. Knowing he’ll return for the Ireland ODIs has thrilled British supporters, with Denly coming off a dominating season in 2019.
Supporters weren’t positive if Joe Denly would receive placement for Ireland vs England ODIs. This follows after the England National Cricket Team increased their squad size, enabling an influx of reserve players. Potential contraction of COVID-19 with core players forced this decision amongst coaches, with confirmed infections allowing for reserves to take a position for fallen 1st & 2nd liners.
It’s known that England will disable a portion of their reserve players, limiting the number down to six. The updated protocols came after COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom have dropped significantly, even more so in Ireland. July 30th will mark an exciting day for cricketing fans, launching the official start for the 2020-21 Season. It’s expected that under the leadership of Ben Stokes, England will dominate against opposing forces.
Protocols in Place
The Ireland ODI Series will implement severe measures for COVID-19, which all players must follow or face an onslaught of fines. Protocols include the termination of attendees, meaning stands will remain empty. All cricketers must stay in their “Biosphere Rooms” when not competing, and wear masks whenever travelling to planned games. Masks can exclusively be removed when competing against Ireland. These three rules plus a multitude of others have defined England’s safety during the West Indies Test Series, with it expected to continue against Ireland.
The England & Wales Cricket Board confirmed that they’d fined Jofra Archer for disobeying protocols associated with COVID-19. This fine came after the Pace Bowler of 25 returned home without permission, travelling from Southampton to Hove. After arriving in his home city of Hove, Jofra Archer going to Manchester for an unspecified venue. It’s known that this cricketer worked diligently towards hiding his appearance. However, photographs released to the ECB proved that Archer wasn’t remaining in a socially distanced bubble.
Penalties were issued to Jofra for his actions, including an unknown fine that’ll be taken from his salary. Another punishment issued to Jofra was being banned from the 2nd Test Series against the West Indies. He cannot rejoin until July 24th when the third test series begins, where it’s expected that coaches will bench Jofra Archer to double-down on his punishment. Severe actions against the cricketer follow the ECB clarified that breaking protocols won’t be tolerated.
Jofra Archer must maintain two negative coronavirus tests before permission is granted to arrive on the 24th. Positive status means that Archer will have to sustain five days of additional isolation, where another two checks will be issued. Refusal to agree with these measures will see Jofra banned from all remaining 2020-21 ECB Competition, essentially ruining his career. The actions of one night could inflict permanent damages for Archer.
It should be clarified that Jofra Archer didn’t attend Hove for purely entertainment purposes, with the cricketer conducting a business meeting with an unidentified person. That individual was tested & also revealed to be harmful to coronavirus. Jofra Archer now stands as the exclusive England player that has broken ECB Protocol, which isn’t that surprising when reviewing his age of 25.
Ben Stokes on Jofra Archer
The Vice-Captain for England’s National Cricket Team, Ben Stokes, clarified that they’ve been mindful of Jofra Archer since he entered isolation. The VC remarked that at twenty-five, a period of separation could be lonely & challenging for his teammate. Ben Stokes seamed to avoid tarnishing Archer’s name with public backlash. Their primary goal moving forward is to providing Jofra with enjoyable environments so his presence can be felt at the 3rd West Indies Test Series.
Professional sports have begun resuming in Ireland, which follows after COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were lifted. Irish Cricketers were pleased to learn they’d be permitted to compete at the England ODIs later this month. Subsequently, Ireland’s National Cricket Team have announced their squad for 2020. It’ll be led by Andrew Balbirnie, with his position at Captain sustains pasting the ODI Series with England. Talents provided by Andrew & the other cricketers will be seen throughout Southampton in Southern Great Britain. It’ll mark Ireland’s first return since the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded worldwide.
Coronavirus Protocols for Ireland’s National Cricket Team
The Government of Ireland has implemented multiple protocols onto their national cricket team. These protocol requirements are necessary for the safety of cricketers, team personnel, and British punters. Ireland’s National Cricket Team is departed on July 18th from Dublin through a Military-Aided Charter. Bio-Secure Busses will then transport Irish Punters from the Southampton Airport to their hotel.
Players are unable to leave their respective rooms, with socially distanced room service issued for consumption purposes. Two players will be permitted to use the Hotel Gym Services by signing a timesheet, with those individuals having to use opposite sides of that workout facility. Upon leaving the hotel, Irish Cricketers will then be transported to the Ageas Bowl Southampton Grounds by the same Bio-Secure Busses.
The Press Release
Cricket Ireland’s Chair of Selectors, Andrew White, issued an official statement regarding the upcoming ODI Series in Great Britain. He emphasised that fourteen players from the twenty-one announced they would be selected for the 1st & 2nd lineup, with remaining crickets acting as “Back-Ups” if individual athletes cannot compete.
Andrew White than remarked his pleasure towards reacquiring Mark Adair, who hasn’t competed since early 2019 after breaking his ankle. Multiple surgeries throughout the last year have enabled him to be cleared by Cricket Ireland Doctors. Andrew mentioned that athletes by Shane Getakate and Stuart Thompson would allow them to hold serious opposition over their competitions. Chairman White suspects that their combined experience will create formidable challenges for England’s National Cricket Team. Supporters for Cricket Ireland can watch their bowlers compete on July 30th, August 1st, and August 4th.
The United Kingdom Government gave the “England & Wales Cricket Board” permissions to allow recreational activities to resume. Recreational players in Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales can return to their local courts starting on July 11th. Accounting for a presumed influx of hobbyist players in one location, the ECB released an online manual that informs civilians how to engage with social distancing during their recreational activities accurately. The ECB Chief Executive Officer provided a formal statement regarding the approval. He emphasized their association-wide delighted to announce the resumption of reactional cricket, which wouldn’t have been possible without the continued social distancing efforts of UK Civilians in Cricket Clubs.
Tom Harrison continued his sentiments to reactional supporters, noting that this approval is incredible for the United Kingdom. Their the 1st nation to allow recreational sporting outfits to resume their standard operations. Some are shocked by the decisions of Boris Johnson, who has almost reverted his full stance against COVID-19. It appears that standards conventional with everyday living are becoming more critical than the virus in Great Britain as well. It should be mentioned that Tom Harrison thanked Nigel Huddleston & Oliver Dowden from the DCMS. His efforts will permit professional-recreational cricket with professional attributes still bolstered during the pandemic.
Mitigating the Risk
The England & Wales Cricket Board CEO remarked that their responsibility throughout COVID-19 was to engage with discussions through government-employed personnel. It taught them the requirements needed to take appropriate measures of safety for players. Mitigating the risk for COVID-19 amongst their professional competitors. It’s now being questioned if similar measures will be imposed onto recreational players.
Thanks, was also issued by Tom Harrison, with the EBC Chief Executive Officer mentioning how challenging it must’ve been for everyone to remain indoors & not experience their favourite game. The ECB has praised the fact that patience won over-excitement. It’s not been clarified if recreational cricket will be postponed against amid the 2nd wave of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. There’s a significant chance that Boris Johnson will make this a social distancing requirement for a 2nd time. Look through Google for your local cricket court & check out the reviews to make sure it’s right for yourself.