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After the continuous off period since the middle of the last March, the international cricket has finally received a major boost as the West Indies cricketers have departed for England after the entire squad had the negative report in the latest coronavirus test.
Recently, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced a 25-member Test squad for this England tour, 14-member Test squad and 11-member reserve squad.
Initially, on Monday (8th July), two planes brought the Caribbean cricketers to Antigua from where they left for the England tour through a private charter. They are likely to land in Manchester on Tuesday (9th July) morning.
After confirming all of their negative report in the latest coronavirus test, the CWI has confirmed that the entire Caribbean tourist squad will be quarantined and tested again for the COVID-19. In this entire tour, all the West Indies members will live, train and play in a “bio-secure” environment.
In England tour, West Indies will play three Tests
Initially, the West Indies had the plan to tour in England for the three-match Test series in this May-June, which is the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. However, the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone that FTP schedule.
Recently, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has proposed to host the three-match Test series against West Indies from 8th to 28th July 2020, subject to the approval of the UK government. While Rose Bowl (Southampton) will host the first game of this Test series from 8th July, Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the next two Tests which will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively.
The match venues have been chosen due to the attached hotels and can be turned into bio-secure environments. All the matches of this series will be played in empty stadiums.
West Indies Test captain Jason Holder feels that it is the huge step in cricket and they are serious about this England tour.
Holder said, “This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series. A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game.”