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West Indies Test team captain Jason Holder feels grateful to resume cricket amid the global pandemic as his team has landed the UK to play three-match Test series. The 25 Caribbean players, which have travelled there, are being quarantined at Old Trafford.
West Indies last played the bilateral series against Sri Lanka at their home in March. Since then, they haven’t played a competitive match. The England Test series will be their first series after the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Although players’ health can be at risk, Jason Holder said that they should cherish this opportunity and grab it with both the hands. He even said that this series would help their board to generate revenue.
“I see so many leagues in jeopardy and the World T20 as well — so the mere fact we are getting an opportunity to play cricket I think we should cherish that,” Holder told reporters.
“Many organisations are taking pay cuts and we have suddenly got our opportunity now to make some money so we have a lot of things to be thankful for and I think we just have to relish the opportunity and grab it with both hands,” he added.
There is lots to play for: Jason Holder
West Indies’ squad have to spend three weeks at Old Trafford before heading to Southampton to play the first Test match starting from July 8. The next two games are scheduled at Old Trafford.
Jason Holder hopes for playing his best against the tough side. He also said that his teammates are also excited to get in the field back, but he added that, playing without crowd might affect their performances.
“There is lots to play for and lots to motivate you as a group. Guys are pumped up for the opportunity and the only sad thing is that we won’t be able to play in front of the crowds,” Jason Holded stated.
After hosting West Indies, England will play the three-match Test and T20I series against Pakistan in August.