After losing three-match Test series against England by 1-2, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder opened up on financial loss of Cricket West Indies (CWI) because of the coronavirus hiatus. The Test series between England and West Indies became the first series since the outbreak of the infectious virus. This series had inspired several other cricket board to bring back the cricket in their cricket.
West Indies started the three-match series with winning the inaugural test but the consecutively lost two Tests eventually losing the series. England’s two-star performers Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad, who won the man of the series, had demolished the visitors at home.
West Indies can’t afford to host: Jason Holder
Jason Holder mentioned that it will be difficult for them to cover the expenses of the bio-secure requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. The unprecedented situation has left them to suffer financially which will halt them to host series, as per the allrounder.
“If something doesn’t happen soon we’ll see less international cricket being played by smaller countries because we simply can’t afford it,” Holder said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. “We’ve gone from having four, five-match series, down to two and three. And it’s very difficult to host any more than that for us, particularly the Caribbean,” he added.
We only make money when England and India tour: Holder
The allrounder added that CWI only gains when India or England travels there otherwise it’s either break even or a loss. He mentioned that in current circumstances, India, Australia and England can only host series while the other countries would afford the cost of arranging a series in the prevailing situations.
“We only really make money from England, and I think India,” Jason Holder said, associating discussions with Johnny Grave, the CWI chief executive.
“We break even with Pakistan and Australia, and all the rest of the series we play are losses. But in these trying times only England, Australia and India can probably host cricket. Outside of that, the smaller territories are struggling financially to get cricket on.”
Meanwhile, West Indies will tour Australia in October to play the T20I series as per the schedule released by Cricket Australia (CA).