Rob Andrew: Sussex chief executive says counties looking at early July decision

There has been no county cricket played in England since Septrember last year

Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew hopes a decision will be taken in early July on whether a shortened county cricket season can start on 1 August.

No matches have been played this season because of coronavirus and Andrew warned that the 18 first-class counties remain reliant on government advice.

Test cricket is set to resume next month, but most county clubs still have their players on furlough.

“It’s a challenge to decide what is doable,” Andrew told BBC Sussex.

“But, by the end of this month, we need to have a reasonable amount of certainty because, by definition, we will have to bring back furloughed players around then, for them to be ready to play by 1 August.”

A planned meeting on 6 July seems a realistic target for a final decision as it will be two days after the government’s planned

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