ESSEX COUNTY CRICKET CLUB have announced that the MCC Champion County Match with Marylebone Cricket Club in Sri Lanka has been cancelled.
The game – due to be played at The Galle International Stadium between March 24/27 – was shelved following the global outbreak of COVID-19 along with Essex’s friendly fixtures with Worcestershire, Somerset and local opposition that were planned for Abu Dhabi.
Essex’s pre-season training camp in the UAE has begun as scheduled – the players undergoing a rigorous programme ahead of the new season.
A statement posted on www.essexcricket.org.uk from Head Coad, Anthony McGrath, explained: “It’s a shame that the trip to Sri Lanka has been cancelled along with the fixtures we were due to play in Abu Dhabi, but we’re still using this trip as a way to get ourselves sharp ahead of the 2020 campaign and ensure that when things get underway against Yorkshire in April, we’ll be as prepared as possible.
“Since arriving the spread of coronavirus has increased globally, but rest assured that all the players, coaches and support staff are taking the necessary measures to decrease the risk of infection under the guidance of our medical professionals.
“The health and wellbeing of the squad is at the forefront of our day to day operations.”