​Cricket Ireland and the Provincial Unions are responding to the unprecedented challenge of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a holistic and safety-first approach to returning to activity.

Since the cessation of all cricket activity in Ireland in March 2020, we have been seeking the advice of health and sporting experts in developing a set of safety protocols that will allow a gradual return to cricket activity once conditions allow.

Following the Irish Government and NI Executive's recent announcements of a societal move to Phase 2 / Step 2 of the respective roadmaps for reopening the economy and community as of 8 June, Cricket Ireland has now released the Safe Return to Cricket protocols.

The protocols include detailed guides and checklists for preparing a cricket club for restarting activity (including cleaning guides), risk assessment, booking forms and contact tracing process, advice regarding training practices that comply with social distancing and health protocols and access for a member for each cricket club to undertake an accredited online training course for dedicated COVID-19 Club Safety Officers.

Cricket Ireland support for clubs

We felt strongly that we should give clubs the best chance to get started as quickly as possible - bearing in mind how different this season’s restart would be from normal – so we have put together a package of supports for clubs to avail of that includes the provision of online education, signage and subsidised hygiene starter packs, risk assessment, cleaning checklists and booking templates, as well as advice on zoning configurations for training that complies with current Government directives on social distancing. The information and process for ordering of packs is outlined in the links below.

The Protocols and other information

Return-to-Play: Elite Cricket

- Return-to-Play: Club Cricket

Return-to-training: Club Cricket

Return-to-training: Elite Cricket

COVID-19: Information for Clubs

External COVID-19 Links

Cricket Ireland appreciates the support of Clear Currency in its sponsorship of all-Ireland club cricket competitions in Ireland.