LANCASHIRE are not planning to furlough their players as it would prevent them having access to staff helping them prepare for action later this summer.

Yorkshire and Worcestershire announced on Monday they were furloughing playing and coaching staff under the Government's coronavirus job retention scheme due to the impact of the pandemic. But Lancashire said they had decided not to follow suit.

"What has impressed me most is their willingness to get involved and help out in any way they can," Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott said of the


"The lads have been proactive in reaching out to other areas of the business and putting in time over and above their exercise programmes, whether that be making calls to members to check on their welfare or having an input into some of the content you will see on social media.We must take into account their mental well-being as well as their physical conditioning. Ultimately, we have to ensure they are as ready as they can be for a cricket season to commence."

First-class cricket is currently suspended until at least May 28.