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Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed the tour to England to play three-match Test series in July amid the global pandemic. England Cricket Board (ECB) will provide a bio-secure environment to all the players while the matches would be held behind closed doors.
The West Indies board had consulted the medical team and cricket-related advisors of their board as well as ECB’s before confirming the tour. The players would also have to follow 14-days quartine while other safety majors would be taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
“The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board gave approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies Test tour of England. The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” said a CWI statement.
“CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a bio-secure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.”
Test series to begin from July 8:
Initially, the West Indies tour was lined up in June, but because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the series has been rescheduled and postponed to July.
The ECB has proposed the Tests 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.
Also, a medical team would be provided to the touring nation who would daily check the players and staff. The CWI further also informed that they would use private charter planes.
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.