England became the first country to resume training activities as they have planned to host bilateral series against the West Indies and Pakistan from July. For the safety of players, ECB would provide a bio-secure environment to the touring nations. However, after taking all the safety measures, there might be chances that players might get infected with COVID-19. So, in this regard, ECB is talking to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow a coronavirus substitute.
As per ICC rules, the substitute for injuries and illness, expect concussion, can not do batting or bowling. They can only be used as fielders. The English board is in talks with ICC to allow the coronavirus substitute to bat and ball as this time the condition would be different because of the virus.
“There are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement. That still needs to be agreed upon. I would hope that would be in place well before the Test series starts in July,” ECB director of events Steve Elworthy said.
ECB proposed the Test series:
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Cricket West Indies(CWI) approved to tour England in July to play three-match Test series. The players would travel through charted planes, and the medical team would travel with them.
The ECB has proposed the Test series will start on July 8, 16, and 24 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Old Trafford. Both those venues have on-site hotels.
England is also ready to host Pakistan in August. The two teams would play the three-match Test and T20I series. However, the venues are still not been assigned.
England cricketers Stuart Board, Chris Woakes, and Ben Stokes have started individual training sessions to maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.