Cricket

Inter Services Cricket Officially Cancelled For 2020 Season

The UK Armed Forces Cricket Association confirmed that the showpiece events will not take place this year.

The UK Armed Forces Cricket Association have announced there will be no Inter Services competitions taking place in the 2020 season.

The annual T20 competition at Lord's Cricket Ground was supposed to take place in June, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After the recent guidelines changes has seen the return of professional and club cricket, there were hopes an Inter Services competition could take place.

However, the decision has been made to cancel by the UKAF board.

UKAF chairman, Group Captain Paul Cole, said: "It was a really difficult decision to make but we’ve got to balance the risk to the players of going straight in at what is high-level cricket.

"We have to balance that against the wishes to really push ahead with the grassroots cricket so we can get the most cricket out of the most people out of what is left of this season.

"When you get in your car, you don't rev your engine straight away do you?

"It would be a cold start for the players with risks of injury. It was based upon that."

Cricket in the military is slowly returning though at a grassroots level, which Gp Capt Cole "is satisfied with" as it is "played more gently".

Plans are still continuing for UKAF women's team to tour Sri Lanka and Bangladesh next year.