The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone many of the recent cricket matches. The upcoming West Indies tour of England has also been affected due to this virus. While both the boards (ECB and CWI) are busy in discussions to bring out a solution in this crisis, they have reportedly positive discussions in recent time.
According to the FTP schedule, England’s new international cricket summer would begin in early June with the three-match Test series against West Indies. While the West Indies had the plan to tour in England only for the Test series, this series was the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. However, the pandemic has forced to postpone this entire tour, where the Caribbean team also had the plan to play three tour matches.
While the coronavirus has forced to postpone the beginning of the new English cricket season, there is no planning to begin the game in the country at least before 1st July. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is working hard to find a path for preparing the fresh schedule to handle the international fixtures after the end of the lockdown period.
Recently, the ECB had the discussions with the Cricket West Indies (CWI), where both captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers were also present. According to the latest ANI report, both boards had recently positive discussions about rescheduling the series along with proper medical security.
An ECB spokesperson said according to ESPNcricinfo, “Positive ongoing discussions with the ECB and CWI continued on Friday. Both boards were represented including captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers from the respective boards.
“Discussions were wide-ranging including dialogue around revised schedules and COVID-19 medical and biosecurity planning.”
ECB will organise more meetings:
The spokesperson also clarified that these are the early stages of planning as they will now have to involve in more meetings over the next few months to sort out the near future of international cricket. The upcoming meetings will also adhere to the guidelines of the English government.
Spokesperson added, “Meetings will be ongoing over the next few months to reach an outcome of when international cricket could potentially return. This is a long and detailed process and is very much in the early stages of planning. The guidance from the government will emphasise what we can do.”
Apart from West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland have also the plans to tour in England this summer for international cricket matches.