International cricket would be back on the field today after 117 days. The West Indies which landed in England exactly a month ago would play the game today in a bio-secure environment. With no crowd and a lot of new pandemic related protocols in place cricket would try to adjust in this new normal.
The 1st test of the 3 test match series would begin today at the Ageas Bowl, in Southampton with empty stands and only crowd noise to be used to cheer the players. As English Captain Joe Root is out of the game due to the birth of his child All-rounder Ben Stokes would be donning the captain’s hat. The West Indies on the other hand would be lead by number 1 test all-rounder in ICC rankings Jason Holder.
In normal conditions, the match would have been a clash between ranked 4th and ranked 8th side but being the 1st international cricket match in the post-covid-19 world it would be historic in many sense. It would be testing for how cricket would move in with the clouds of uncertainty over it. Players have been in restrictive environment before the start of the series and are staying in hotels attached to the stadiums.
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Timings: Toss taking place at 3:00 pm IST. The match begins at 3:30 pm IST
If the series goes well then it would set the order for the international cricket and England Cricket Board would be more confident for the Pakistan series with the visiting Pakistani team already in England.