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English cricket could lose £4million if third Test this weekend is cancelled

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EXCLUSIVE: English cricket could lose £4m if this weekend’s third Test is called off following Queen Elizabeth II’s death as neither the ECB nor the Surrey County Cricket Club are insured against a cancellation caused by the death of a monarch

  • English cricket could lose around £4million if England’s third Test match is cancelled
  • ECB canceled the second day of Friday almost immediately after the death of the Queen
  • EBC and Surrey CCC are not insured for a cancellation due to the death of a monarch
  • All cardholders must be refunded in addition to the loss of hospitality
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s death

English cricket is expected to lose around £4 million if England’s third Test match against South Africa is canceled following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Sportsmail has been informed that neither the ECB nor the Surrey County Cricket Club are insured against a cancellation caused by the death of a monarch, causing them significant losses as all cardholders would have to be reimbursed on top of the loss of hospitality and catering revenue.

The ECB has called off Friday’s second day, almost immediately after the Queen’s death was announced last night, with an announcement about the rest of the game expected this morning after further talks with the government.

English cricket is expected to lose around £4million if England’s third test match against South Africa is canceled following the death of Her Majesty The Queen

An assessment of the public mood as the nation enters a period of mourning will be their first consideration, but the financial implications of a cancellation are another headache.

A test match at the Oval will generate approximately £1.3 million in ticket sales and £1 million in catering, plus approximately £500,000 per day in catering and alcohol sales.

Given the exceptional circumstances, the ECB could request the ICC to extend the test match for a day after the first day of Thursday was washed out, allowing a four-day game to start on Saturday.

Unlike Premier League and EFL football, there are no security and police implications to consider, and hosting the match would not draw resources from other events in London that will take place this weekend to pay tribute to the Queen .

Sportsmail has been informed that neither the ECB nor the Surrey County Cricket Club are insured against a cancellation caused by the death of a monarch

Sportsmail has been informed that neither the ECB nor the Surrey County Cricket Club are insured against a cancellation caused by the death of a monarch

The Royal Family announced on Thursday evening that the Queen passed away peacefully

The Royal Family announced on Thursday evening that the Queen passed away peacefully

The ECB has been unlucky as it is the second year in a row that the last test of the summer has been called into question.

India made a unilateral decision last September to refuse to play at Old Trafford after a Covid-19 outbreak at the camp and flew home the day it was due to start, giving the ECB major headaches, although in that case they covered by insurance.

That test was eventually moved to this summer in Edgbaston, as India would already be in this country for two white-ball series.

However, England’s schedule for next year is already full of an Ashes series and a one-off test against Ireland, so it’s unlikely South Africa would return to complete the series if the test is cancelled.

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