In the press conference of Tuesday March 31, 2020, the government announced that the measures, as previously announced, will remain in force until (at least) April 28, 2020. On April 21, it will be announced whether the measures will continue to apply after April 28, 2020. and if so, until what date. For cricket, this means that our accommodations will remain closed for matches and training until April 28th.
If the government allows competitive sports sometime after April 28, there will be no promotion / relegation in all classes. In order to give substance to the competitions, we will look at ‘something to play for’ (trophy) per class (for several groups per class: per group) for the champion.
Scenario 1 - Sport Accommodations re-open as of April 28
The competitions are played according to the already known schedules as published on the KNCB website (note: in some classes grounds have become available due to the cancellation of the KNVB football competitions. Matches have already been moved back to their original date. This may happen with more matches in the coming week).
Scenario 2 - Sport Accommodations re-open in period after April 28, but before July 1
- Competitions start from the date that is realistically feasible (getting accommodations ready to play). If matches cannot be played on "home ground", see if match can be played on opponent's ground or on another ground;
- Competitions are played according to the already known competition programs;
- Matches scheduled before the start date are considered not played.
Teams do not receive points for the matches that cannot be played and these matches are not counted in the number of matches played;
- The aim is to give all teams in all classes the opportunity to play as much cricket as possible;
- Half a competition is considered as a minimum number of games for playing according to the 'normal' schedule (with competition format & number of overs)
Scenario 3 - Start competition after July 5
If it is not possible to play at least half a competition in the "normal" format, a competition will be composed in T20 form. It may be that several games are played per day or weekend and/or that games are scheduled on weekdays.
T20 programme in all classes. Multiple matches on one day and/or multiple matches in oneweekend. Matches on weekday evenings are also an option.
- Top class
If it is not possible to play half a 50-over competition, then cancel this competition and organize a full T20 competition in two groups of 10 (i.e. 18 matches) with 2 matches on 1 day at the same ground and possibly several matches in a weekend. Regional matches can also be played on Friday evenings (start no later than 5.30pm).
If at least half a T20 competition is not possible, the 35-over competition will be cancelled and a full T20 competition will be played with a finals day at the end of the season (if necessary, in September).
- Lower classes (from 1e Klasse)
As many regional divisions as possible to allow that competitions can also be scheduled on weekday evenings. Hereby teams from 1e Klasse and OVA/OVB can be placed in one competition together. 2e Klasse and 3e Klasse as much as possible together. Zami/Zomi also together as much as possible.
Use all weeks until the end of the summer holidays for as many matches as possible: normal matches during the weekend, other forms of competition/tournaments during the day on weekdays (keep evenings free for seniors matches). This in close consultation with JCC and the clubs.
In view of the uncertain situation and uncertainty about the course of the 2020 competition, the board has decided to charge the annual fee for this season pro rata to the clubs, and to do so only after the end of the season.