It seems likely that the NW will be starting their season with a T20 competition.

Speaking to Dessie McCallion on BBC Radio Foyle, NW General Manager Peter McCartney stated that while there was still great uncertainty of the composition of the domestic season, one option being given serious consideration was to start with their T20 event.

It had been planned for later in the season, but given the current situation, the shorter format would seem a sensible approach for clubs.

The NW are still planning for the season to start in late April, but that could well be delayed given the government's cautious approach. Rather than scrap the new 40-over event, it could be held later in the campaign.

General Managers Peter McCartney and Angela Platt

There has been no draws yet for the NW cup competitions, nor any word on the Irish Senior and National Cup draws.

There was good news for the NW with confirmation earlier this week that Bready would be hosting three T20I's against Zimbabwe in August.

These fixtures are seen by some observers s the least attractive of the home international summer, but McCartney indicated that they were ideal for the Magheramason club.

Major work is due to be carried out in the first half of the season to improve their drainage problem which has blighted matches at the Tyrone venue in recent years.

Also, he said that given that there is a high probability of the games being played behind closed doors it would give the region an opportunity to bid for higher profile games next year.

The establishment of a training hub was also welcomed, with McCartney welcoming the prospect of hosting the entire network of Irish senior coaches to Bready on a weekly basis to work with all their players - men, women and youths in a boost to the coaching set-up.