While sporting action around the world has been halted due to pandemic there are small steps towards resumption. In cricket, the West Indies tour of England looks to break that shackles. The West Indies is all set to tour England to play 3 match test series.
To play the series in July the team is arriving 1 month in advance. The 14 member West Indian squad would be quarantined for 14 days. The team would reach the country through a chartered flight on Tuesday the 9th of June. However, 3 players namely Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, and Keemo Paul have pulled out of the series concerns due to pandemic.
“Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters, and media “, said ECB’s director Steve Elworthy. The series would also see the new rules were the use of saliva on the ball is not allowed.
The England Cricket Board (ECB) thanked the West Indian cricket board for their co-operation. ECB is has been working on “gold standard” bio-secure environments for the matches. The matches would be played behind closed doors with no spectators. The test series would start on 8th July and 3 venues are finalized for it.