Yorkshire & Worcestershire furlough players because of coronavirus

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Yorkshire were due to start a home game against Gloucestershire on Sunday

Yorkshire and Worcestershire have become the first counties to put both players and coaches on furlough leave because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Most non-playing staff at Headingley were placed on the government job retention scheme at the end of March.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon contacted each player and member of staff individually after a board meeting on Friday.

Worcestershire said they have put 22 players on furlough for April.

“It was important to the club that all share the impact on a consistent basis,” said a Worcestershire statement.