Member and supporter update: COVID-19
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced that the new Hundred competition has been delayed by twelve months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and follows on from their announcement last week that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least July 1.
The season remains subject to ongoing advice from government and health experts, and continued consultation with all broadcast partners to determine the optimum way to fulfil fixtures both domestically and internationally.
We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in what is a difficult situation for everyone. In these tough times we need your support.
COVID-19 has meant an almost complete loss of all of our revenue streams. We have responded decisively by taking a number of actions:
- All apart from a handful of essential workers have been working from home since the lockdown was announced. There has been a clear focus on the health and welfare of our staff and, as of this date, there have thankfully been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst our staff.
- We have been regularly communicating with all staff, players, Members, supporters and other stakeholders. In tough times communication is vital and we have increased our messaging accordingly.
- We have furloughed a large proportion of our non-playing staff to save costs and we are imposing strict cost constraints on all aspects of the Club.
- We decided not to furlough players but rather to keep in regular contact with them to support them at home with their tailored training, strength and conditioning programs. Just as important the players, as you probably know, have been demonstrating the spirit of our Club by their contact with Members, and their mainstream, website and social media output which we hope Members and supporters have enjoyed.
WATCH: Warren Hegg catches up with the former Lancashire and Pakistan bowler, Wasim Akram over Zoom, as part of the Club's Lancashire Legends series.
• All staff who have not been furloughed, non-players and players alike, have agreed to a 20% pay cut from 1 May. This will be kept under review.
Throughout the last few tumultuous weeks everyone connected with the Club has shown genuine unity and the resolve to get through this together. We are sure that all Members and supporters recognise the importance of this unity. By remaining cohesive, our Club will be ready and strong for the good times that will come.
Once we have further clarity from the ECB on what the 2020 season will look like we will be in touch with all Members and supporters to confirm the dates of the domestic and international fixtures to be played at Emirates Old Trafford.
The good news, is that it’s increasingly likely that cricket will be played at Emirates Old Trafford later this summer and we will keep you up to date with all the latest information as and when we receive it from the ECB.
If you have any queries on any of this, please do get in touch with the Club. As we’ve already mentioned, the Club is working with a skeleton staff but do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 868 7105 to discuss further if you have any questions. This contact number is for the Hilton Garden Inn hotel at Emirates Old Trafford and they will be able to provide assistance.