Covid-19 Information Centre

This page will be used to keep clubs up to date with the rapidly changing situation on Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the impact it may have on ESCA and clubs and necessary guidance.

Update @ 23rd March 2020, 6.00pm : 

CS have recommended, in conjunction and agreement with all Scottish associations, that all cricket activity in Scotland is further suspended until the 1st June 2020.

This recommendation for suspension applies to all cricket activity including pre-season training, friendlies and any cricket programmes from recreational through to professional teams across Scotland.

There are a number of other things happening in the background which will be shared in due course to make sure all are as prepared as possible for a restart to the season when it comes.  This will include implications on fixture list.

If clubs have any concerns, want to chat through the implications or have any ideas, please contact us.

We will keep all updated as and when things develop.

CS statement here:

Update @ 18th March 2020, 11:30pm : 

ECB have today put out a statement indefinitely suspending all cricketing activities.  It is expected that CS and ESCA will follow suit, but we will be looking to provide some guidance on the planning that is taking place to allow the quick restart of activities once it is safe to do so.

Very sad.

Update @ 16th March 2020, 11:30pm : 

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have postponed the Introduction to Umpiring Course due to take place on 23rd March to a later date.

Cricket ball pick up tomorrow night (17th March) will still take place.

Update @ 16th March 2020, 8:00pm : 

CS Statement & ESCA Advice

CS have made an announcement on their guidance to Covid-19, aligning with the UK Government’s guidance to avoid all non-essential social contact.

The full statement can be read here:

The implications of the guidance is that, with immediate effect, we recommend that clubs cancel all training, events (e.g. social gatherings) and limit pre-season activities where groups of people would congregate.

ESCA will work with CS over the next couple of days to review implications on the planned 2nd May season start, with a delayed start or rescheduling a possibility.

Keep reviewing this page and our social media for updates.

Update @ 14th March 2020, 11:00am : 

ESCA SGM & Pre-season Meeting Postponement

In light of the moving Covid-19 situation, we have taken the decision to postpone the ESCA pre-season meeting and SGM from 17th March, to another date TBC.

We will still be taking delivery of the cricket balls for the season from Readers and we will still be looking for clubs to pick these up on the night as we cannot store them all.  We would ask that ONE person from each club come to Stewart’s Melville Pavilion at Inverleith on Tuesday 17th March from 7pm onwards to pick up balls only.  We will also pass the player awards from 2019 to relevant clubs at this point.  If clubs cannot  attend, please let us know.

We will review the way in which rule changes are voted on in the coming week, but this will be largely dependent on the advice we get.  We will be looking at conference call facilities, Google docs voting or equivalent.

At this point, ESCA are NOT advising clubs to cancel senior player training, unless we are told otherwise.  Clubs should review their own circumstances and make an assessment, following all appropriate NHS and Government advice.  We note that Sport England (and the ECB) have issued guidance noting to continue at this point in time, but will continue to review the ongoing situation.  We are aware that there has been guidance on international, regional and junior cricket sessions from CS and this should be followed.

We continuing to plan for a season start on 2nd May, but will continue to review this as more information becomes available.

Any questions, please contact us.


Update @ 13th March 2020, 8:45pm : 

MCC update

An update from the MCC on Covid-19 is attached for information.  There is no significant change in message in this, or from ESCA at this point.

MCC Statement re Coronavirus

Update @ 12th March 2020, 12 noon : 

CS update

Cricket Scotland is monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and the uncertainties around how it will develop over the next weeks and months.

Advice from Scottish Government in regards to COVID-19 continues to focus on infection control and the attached Joint COVID-19 fact sheet which provides additional information in regards to sports teams.

During cricket activities please take these guidelines into consideration, for example, handshakes before, during or after games and the sharing of equipment and balls. Please also check the latest government advice when considering multi team events or activities.

For more information and advice on COVID-19, please read the following webpages:

Cricket Scotland will update clubs on further advice prior to the start of the domestic season