SQUASH players say they were as surprised as anyone to find out their season had been shelved.The North West Counties Squash League followed other sports and competitions in calling a temporary halt to proceedings.
But representatives from Hyde Cricket and Squash Club were caught on the hop by the decision.
Before the public proclamation, they had heard nothing.
“That is all we have seen so far,” said Steve White of the club when asked how he felt about the stoppage.
“We haven’t had any direct communication yet from the league. We assume it means postponed at this stage.”
The North West Counties Squash League said it was following guidance from its parent organisation, England Squash.
It said: “Following recent developments and with reference to guidance announced by our Sport’s governing body, we regretfully announce that all NWCSL play will be suspended with immediate effect.
“With the health and wellbeing of our squash players our main consideration, at this point we feel continuing to stage team squash matches is not the right approach.”
England Squash said all competitions had been put on hold until at least the end of April, meaning the NWCSL play-off at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, scheduled for that time, look like being delayed.
However, it did not automatically call a halt to the North West competition and said: “Please note that there are no plans, at this stage, to cancel small scale activity, including coaching courses.
“Decisions relating to county league competition and other localised team squash will be made by, and are the responsibility of, county associations and local organisers.”