A "COUPLE" of Worcestershire County Cricket Club players are self-isolating after showing "mild flu-like symptoms".

The County released a statement today with the England and Wales Cricket Board discussing a possible rescheduling of the season tomorrow due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The ECB today recommended "that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended".

The County statement said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which is extremely concerning.

"At WCCC after a couple of players displayed mild flu-like symptoms they are self-isolating.

"WCCC have taken precautionary measures for all players, support team and staff.

"WCCC is following government guidelines and our medical team is working very closely with ECB experts advising on the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The physical and mental wellbeing of our staff is paramount.

"At this stage it is unclear what the implications are for cricket going forward. We are in dialogue with the ECB as are all other first-class counties.

"We would hope to be in a position to update further at the end of this week."

The County have postponed their AGM on March 31 and the chairman’s lunch on April 3.

The 2020 County Championship is due to begin on April 12 and the ECB has said all options are being looked at including postponements and playing games behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, the ECB said: “Following the government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

“This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

“Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities ­— particularly at junior levels.

“Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues ­who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.”

The Birmingham League season is due to start on April 18 and the Worcestershire League on April 11.