Cricket Scotland has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement to move through the route map process which will allow the return of cricket activity as part of revised exercise and physical activity guidelines.

This move highlights the positive impact sport has on physical health, mental health and wellbeing and is welcomed by those involved in cricket at all levels in Scotland.

Gus Mackay, CEO of Cricket Scotland, said: “Today’s news allows us to move to the next stage of resuming cricket activity in line with the latest public health advice. Over the next few days, Cricket Scotland’s guidance and plans for a return to cricket will be developed in partnership with sportscotland and the Scottish Government.

“With cricket activity currently suspended until the 1st July, we are bringing this forward to restart initial activity from 29th June in accordance with the Scottish Government announcement that clubs may open all outdoor sports areas and pitches.

“Until the guidance and plans are approved, we remain in Phase One in the easing of lockdown restrictions and no cricket activity at clubs or other cricket venues can take place.

“We are committed to working closely with Scottish Government, sportscotland and other Sports Governing Bodies to ensure the safe return of cricket and the health and safety of all those involved in the game remains our priority.

“Once the guidelines are approved, Cricket Scotland will announce the next steps.”