English cricket chiefs consider virus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds

Steve Elworthy
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Updated 29 March 2020

English cricket chiefs consider virus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds

LONDON: English cricket chiefs are considering installing coronavirus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds as a way of restarting the game behind closed doors.
Last week the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that no professional cricket would be played before May 28 at the earliest.
But the ECB is stepping up its planning for a potential resumption of international action with no spectators.
England’s Test series with West Indies is due to start at the Oval June 4. Australia and Pakistan are also due to tour during the English summer.
The ECB’s director of special projects Steve Elworthy told the Guardian that such an approach would essentially mean creating a “safe and sterile environment” at the grounds.
“We’re mapping out what international matches would look like behind closed doors,” he said.
Referring to the British government’s initial advice prior to the current lockdown, he added: “The advice around mass gatherings was 500 people or fewer.
“That was guided by the potential impact on critical services like paramedics and doctors.
“You would likely have to work within that number (which would be made up of essential matchday staff). Then you have to think about medical provisions, creating a safe and sterile environment around that venue, so that everyone who comes in is clear.

We are mapping out what international matches would look like behind closed doors.

Steve Elworthy, Director of ECB

“So it’s how you test them at the gate, the isolation units that you have to put in. These are considerations we are thinking about.”
The International Cricket Council said on Friday that it was reviewing its options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to start in Australia in October.
The inaugural World Test Championship final is due to take place at Lord’s next June, but with qualifying series being postponed and no certainty as to when they will be rescheduled, the showpiece match could be delayed.
“We continue to undertake a comprehensive business continuity and contingency planning exercise which will allow us to adapt to the rapidly evolving world in which we find ourselves,” ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said.
“The ICC management will continue our contingency planning around ICC events and will also work with members to explore all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic.”


WWE names Bandar Al-Mashhadi MENA Vice President and General Manager

Updated 04 June 2020

WWE names Bandar Al-Mashhadi MENA Vice President and General Manager

  • Al-Mashhadi will lead WWE’s strategic business initiatives and day-to-day operations in the MENA region
  • He will also manage local operations for the company’s 10-year partnership with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority

RIYADH: WWE announced on Thursday the appointment of Bandar Al-Mashhadi as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice President and General Manager.  

Al-Mashhadi will lead WWE’s strategic business initiatives and day-to-day operations in the MENA region and work with partners across all of WWE’s lines of business, including television, live events, marketing, sponsorship, advanced media, licensing and merchandising. He will also manage local operations for the company’s 10-year partnership with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority.

“We are excited to welcome Bandar to our international leadership team and confident that his experience in managing successful partnerships in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East will have a significant impact on WWE’s continued growth,” said James Rosenstock, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “We look forward to Bandar leading WWE’s efforts in this important region for our company.”

Al-Mashhadi has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in Saudi-based companies. He spent the past six years at OSN, most recently as Managing Director, leading implementation of the broadcaster’s corporate strategy in Saudi Arabia. During this time he also served a one-year deployment as Advisor to the Minister of Media in Saudi Arabia, leading multiple Vision 2030 initiatives including the privatization of the Saudi News Network.

Earlier in his career, Al Mashhadi spent more than a decade at BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia, rising to Director of Portfolio Management and undertaking strategic leadership placements with joint venture partners.