Philip Frost is back in England after Malahide and its facilities was closed by the club earlier this week.

Cricket Ireland issued a statement confirming that the five times Groundsman of the Year had been flown home by the governing body.

'Frosty' is employed by Cricket Ireland with his salary paid by both them and the Malahide club.

CEO Warren Deutrom said that "Phil is a highly respected groundsman who does an outstanding job, and remains a valued member of the staff.

"In that regard, we have subsequently arranged and paid for Phil to return home to England this morning and we will remain in regular communication with him, until conditions allow for his return.

Just when that is remains in doubt, with the domestic and international season looking now as if it will be severely curtailed, if not cancelled completely.

The local Unions are expected to announce a holding delay to the start of the season this week, with no cricket before the end of the May - with the likelihood of further delays.

The All-Ireland cup competitions are also a likely casualty while the 2020 interpro series is expected to also fall by the wayside.