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Red Rose players return home

Red Rose players return home

Five Lancashire players are making their way back to England after the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak

Jos Buttler, Keaton Jennings, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson and Liam Livingstone are returning to England following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Following the cancellation of England's two-Test series against Sri Lanka, the first four are set to fly back over the weekend.

Livingstone is one of a number of players to have withdrawn from the Pakistan Super League. He finished the tournament with 108 runs with a best of 54 not out.

The ECB have today also released a statement regarding the start of the English domestic season.

We are undertaking a number of steps to prepare for potential outcomes that an ongoing situation with Covid-19 might bring for the cricket community here in England and Wales.

In conjunction with our partners across the network, we are building contingency plans across a number of possible eventualities. Our main priorities are to ensure we scope out the landscape for financial, logistical and scheduling implications. It is difficult for us to be sure of what outcomes the game might be expected to deal with.

Therefore, we will continue to plan for the expectation that the season proceeds as normal, but in parallel prepare for a range of scenarios.

These could include the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors, or potentially postponing or cancelling elements of the season. We continue to enjoy constructive dialogue with DCMS and also our commercial and broadcast partners – who match our ambitions to see the game of cricket thrive in 2020 and beyond. We are certain that jointly, we will all come to solutions that best protect those who love cricket, and the game itself.

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