As the first Test Match between England and the West Indies draws near, the government has decided to match the level of enthusiasm showed by the supporters by declaring Monday an official half-holiday.

The first of the three Test matches in the Caribbean is set to kick off on Monday.

The Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua is set to be the site of the Test match, as Antigua prepares to host it’s first test in more than seven years.

Government sources said that the half holiday is a measure at increasing the turnout at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium. The measure is aimed at a broad bandwidth of people from both private and public sectors.

Very nominal entry fees has been announced for the first match, while there is no news yet on the rest of the tests. Senior citizens aged 65+ will be allowed free entry into the stadium, the authorities said.

England has drawn their warm- up match for the West Indies campaign against St Kitts & Nevis XI. 

West Indies will be looking to upset a superior England squad under their new head coach Phil Simmons.

There are no reports as of yet for the holidays for the two remaining Test Matches.

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