County Championship 2021 | Surrey vs Durham calsh to be called off

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Aug 29, 10:59 AM

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Covid-19 has forced England and Wales Cricket Board to call off the County Championship Division-2 game between Surrey and Durham at Emirates Riverside in Chester-Lee Street. The decision was taken after an unnamed member of the Surrey playing squad tested positive for Covid-19.

The ECB in a press release said, “The player has begun to self-isolate along with a significant number of the Surrey squad who have been identified as close contacts.”

“Due to the required isolation protocols and the extensive impact on Surrey’s available playing squad, reluctantly the decision has been made that the match will not go ahead on Monday 30 August,” it added. 

The board further informed that the confirmation on the awarding of points for the match will be announced in due course.

After the end of the Group stage of the County Championship in June, the T20 Blast and Royal London One Day cup carried on in the English Summer. The Royal London Cup has been finished with Glamorgan being crowned as champions and T20 Blast awaits a Finals Day conclusion where Kent, Somerset, Hampshire and Sussex have made it to the Semi-Finals. 

And thus the County Championship once again begins with the first of the four rounds in all three divisions on Monday, August 30. It is important to note that only teams in Division-1 will be contesting for the Championship. 

The teams in Division Two and Three play among themselves to decide the four best teams if the County Championship goes back to its 2019 pattern of having two divisions with 10 teams in Division 1 and eight in Division 2 with Division 1 contesting for the Championship and Division two teams battling for promotion to Division 1.

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