Lancashire Cricket has donated up to 5,000 tickets to NHS staff for a Vitality Blast match this season at Emirates Old Trafford to thank keyworkers working through the Covid-19 crisis.

The club will offer NHS workers the opportunity to attend a game with their families, with dates to be confirmed once the cricket schedule has been finalised.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28, wiping out the first seven rounds of the County Championship and questioning the status of this year’s 50-over Royal London Cup.

Details on how to redeem tickets will be confirmed in due course after the announcement of the schedule.

Lancashire Cricket chief executive, Daniel Gidney, said: “This is a small token of our appreciation towards those who are doing themselves, the NHS and the whole country proud in fighting this disease.

“Cricket takes a seat on the backburner at this moment in time for obvious reasons, but we hope to be able to provide some entertainment for those who have worked heroically during a national health crisis.

“The greatest way we can continue to support the NHS at this time, however, is to continue to follow the Government advice on good hygiene and social distancing. Stay home and save lives.

“We stand with all of our colleagues in the NHS at the most difficult of times and continue to wish everyone good health during this ongoing period.”

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