While the West Indies tour of England 2020 is facing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, the Caribbean board has reportedly offered to host this Test series.
England’s 2020 home summer will begin with the series against West Indies. In this tour, West Indies will play the three-match Test series between 4th June and 29th June 2020. This series will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. The Caribbean team will also play three multi-day tour matches in this tour.
However, the entire tour has entered the doubtful situation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak globally.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) isn’t sure to start the new season on time. If the beginning of their new season gets delayed, it can affect the West Indies tour of England.
Recently, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Jonny Grave has revealed that the ECB has offered them to host this Test series and they are thinking about it.
Grave told ESPNcricinfo, “I’ve spoken to Tom Harrison (ECB chief executive) a couple of times in the last few days and assured him that we will be as flexible, supportive and helpful as possible. To that end, yes, we have offered to host the series here in the Caribbean if that is deemed helpful. The ECB would retain all commercial and broadcast rights.”
This is not about us trying to take advantage of the situation: Cricket West Indies chief executive
The report has also added that the ECB has also offered the CWI to host England’s another home Test series against Pakistan.
It will also be the three-match Test series which has been scheduled between 30th July and 24th August 2020. Just like the England-West Indies series, the England-Pakistan Test series will also be the part of 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.
The CWI chief executive Grave has also clarified that they are not trying to take any advantage of the situation but want to work for the cricket community when it is struggling.
He added, “This is not about us trying to take advantage of the situation. It’s about the cricket community working together at a difficult time for everyone and, one of the many great things about the Caribbean is, we can play cricket all year round. There has long been a special relationship between the cricket communities in the Caribbean and England and we wanted to make it clear we will do everything we can to help.”
In January-February 2019, West Indies last time hosted a Test series against England. It was the three-match Test series which the Caribbean team surprisingly won by the 2-1 margin.