Cricket in England will recommence on Saturday, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
After cancellations to fixtures on Friday, immediately following the passing of the Monarch at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, fans across the nation had been waiting patiently to discover whether the weekend’s Test action would continue.
Now, confirmation has been made that England’s fixture against South Africa will go ahead as planned on Saturday at the Oval, along with England vs India womens’ T20I at Durham.
Before each match, a minute’s silence will be observed followed by the national anthem, with all players and coaches wearing black armbands. Earlier on Friday England talisman Ben Stokes said he would “be honoured to play” in the Queen’s memory this weekend.
The news come after huge disruption to the sporting landscape, with all football fixtures at every level cancelled across the country this weekend.
Premier League teams had been kept in the dark on the matter until as a late as Friday lunchtime, after which it was confirmed that fixtures would not go ahead as the period of national mourning begins.
The news has been greeted with plenty of widespread dismay across the UK, with many fans speculating about the knock-on effects regarding matters concerning transport and local businesses.
Football fixtures could yet remain cancelled for the next game week across the respective leagues, with the offical state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II now on the horizon.
Concerns have arisen regarding the availability of police forces around the country, should the funeral date fall close by to the next run of football fixtures as is expected.