Social tennis and golf are now allowed in England, but amateur cricketers continue to wait beyond the boundary.
“We’re still working on ways to make cricket more COVID-secure, but we can’t change the guidance yet,” Johnson told Parliament on Tuesday as he announced an easing of virus restrictions on pubs and restaurants.
Greg Clark, an MP in the governing Conservative Party, asked Johnson about the return of cricket.
“Cricket is perhaps our most socially distanced team sport,” said Clark.
Johnson, however, replied: “The problem with cricket as everybody understands, that the ball is a natural vector of disease, potentially, at any rate and we’ve been round it many times with our scientific friends.
“At the moment we’re still working on ways to make cricket more COVID-secure, but we can’t change the guidance yet.”
But Vaughan, who has previously called on the England and Wales Cricket Board to do more to get amateur and youth cricket going again, was unimpressed.
Vaughan tweeted: “Hand sanitiser in every players pocket … Use every time you touch the ball … SIMPLE … Recreational Cricket should just play from July 4th … utter nonsense it’s not being allowed back.”
Hand sanitiser in every players pocket … Use every time you touch the ball … SIMPLE … Recreational Cricket sh… https://t.co/KeZXE45o7c
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1592918726000
England are due to take part in the first major international match since lockdown when they face the West Indies in the opening Test of a three-match series behind closed doors at Southampton on July 8.