The county cricket club has made the controversial decision to go completely cashless.

Worcestershire CCC's New Road stadium will operate as an entirely cashless stadium for all cricket fixtures and events from 2021.

Head of commercial and operations, David Hoskins, said: “It’s our number one priority to ensure members and supporters can return to New Road as safely as possible in a few weeks.

"Eliminating the physical transfer of cash and coins will significantly decrease contact between guests and employees, reducing the potential of spreading the Covid-19 virus.

“This will also ensure that staff can focus on the speed of service and further enhance the matchday experience for all of our supporters.

“Our EPOS partner, Langley Business Systems, has upgraded a lot of our systems around the stadium over the past few weeks to allow for fast transactions both online and at till points.”

At the start of the season, capacity will be restricted, and eating and drinking will only be permitted at a person’s ticketed seat.

Members and supporters will be able to order food, drink and retail items via their own mobile devices from their seat and have all products delivered directly to them.

This will help reduce movement and contact and also allow everyone to watch every minute of the action.

Credit, debit cards and contactless mobile payments via Apple and Google Pay will be accepted at New Road food and beverage payment points, the ticket office, and the Club shop.

Any attendees without the ability to use a credit, debit card or mobile payment option will be able to load prepaid cards with cash in Main Reception to use around New Road to pay for goods.

Other stadiums across the country have also opted to go cashless, including Sixway's, who announced they would only be accepting card payments back in 2019. However, there are concerns that the move is a mistake, as it may prevent people from being able to go to such events, should they not have a bank account.