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While the coronavirus is still dominating the world, England is getting ready to start their new cricket season safely. The Caribbean team is ready to travel in England for the upcoming three-match Test series. Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now focusing on hosting Australia, Pakistan and Ireland this summer, which will help to maintain their home FTP schedule.
If the UK government provides the necessary clearances, the West Indies team will reach in England on 9th June, and they will play the three-match Test series against the hosts from 8th to 28th July 2020.
ECB’s director of special projects, Steve Elworthy told Sky Sports Cricket Podcast’s The Cricket Show, “It’s an incredibly challenging but, at the same time, a very rewarding project. What we are trying to achieve here is something that has never been done before.”
In the England tour, Pakistan will play Test and T20I series, Australia and Ireland will play limited-overs series
According to the FTP schedule, England will also host Australia, Pakistan and Ireland this summer. Australia will play the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series in this tour, while Ireland will play three ODIs and Pakistan have the plan to play three-match Test series and three-match T20I series.
While the Test series against West Indies and Pakistan are the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship, the ODI series against Australia and Ireland are the part of the 2020–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
The ECB is still hopeful to host all the teams in the ongoing summer. Though they are regularly in touch with West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland, their present priority is the Caribbean side.
Elworthy said, “There has been a huge amount of work done. The West Indies are the first team to arrive here but, at the same time, we hope to have Australia, Pakistan and Ireland come this summer.
“We have been speaking to them, we’ve been in weekly communication with all of them but, in this particular case, more extensively with the West Indies because their Test matches are about five weeks away.”
Talking about the upcoming West Indies tour of England, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has already announced a 14-member squad and an 11-member reserve squad. Darren Bravo, Keemo Paul and Shimron Hetmyer have refused to travel in England for the forthcoming Test series, and the team will miss them.