Isle of Wight cricketer, Adam Hose, could be among the first sportspeople to welcome back spectators to sport following the coronavirus pandemic.
Following discussions with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) Warwickshire County Cricket Club will be part of a pilot programme to support the safe return of fans to sporting events.
Warwickshire Members will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of complimentary tickets to watch the second day of the Bears men’s team red ball friendly match with Worcestershire at Edgbaston on Tuesday July, 28.
Adam Hose, who grew up on the Island playing cricket for Ventnor, is expected to star for Warwickshire.
The 27 year old joined the club in 2017.
Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, said:
“It’s brilliant news that supporters will be welcomed back to Edgbaston for Warwickshire v Worcestershire as part of the pilot series.
“Many of us have felt the void of being unable to go and watch live cricket during lockdown, so I am pleased that we are moving forward with our plan to help sports venues reopen their doors to fans.”
Craig Flindall, Interim CEO of Warwickshire CCC, said:
“We have good space and excellent facilities at Edgbaston to support this first stage trial. Our ticketing and operations teams are now working closely with our partners Secutix and The Ticket Factory to create a safe and socially distanced match day operation, and it is very exciting that this process can support the wider return of spectators at live sports events.
“We will continue to work closely with the ECB and DCMS as well as the Sports Ground Safety Authority and Birmingham City Council on our delivery of this fixture.”