In the wake of the government's latest measures to control the spread of the virus, including Boris Johnson's recommendation that pubs, theatres and cinemas should be avoided, the European Central Bank said that "with sadness and reluctance" they be following suit with their own measures to increase social distancing.
The decision follows United Kingdom government advice to cut unnecessary social contact to help fight the pandemic.
England Cricket and Wales Board (ECB) and its West Indies counterpart are holding several discussion these days regarding the possibility of resheduling the three Tests and staging it in West Indies, ESPNcricinfo reported.
'Following the government's latest advice around social distancing it is with sadness and reluctance we recommend all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended, ' said an European Central Bank statement.
The measures, they added, should extend to training, pre-season friendlies, and "any associated cricket activity", including nets sessions and the ECB's junior cricket schemes, All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket, the new venture that was launched this year for 8-11 year-olds.
The ECB said it would look at ways to support physical activity and use the cricket community to help others during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the hard next few months. There has always been a special relationship between the cricket communities in the Caribbean and England and we wanted to make it clear we will do everything we can to help", he added. "And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making".
On Monday, Cricket Scotland advised all schools and clubs should stop cricket activity in Scotland until further notice.