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Breaking: Cricket West Indies Announces Squad For England Test Tour

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced its 14-man squad for the upcoming Test series against England from July 8. If everything goes ahead as planned, the upcoming series will mark the return of international cricket since the coronavirus pandemic broke out.

England will host the Caribbean outfit at The Ageas Bowl from July 8 before the series switches to Old Trafford for the final two games of the series, from July 16 and July 24 respectively, with the stadiums selected as bio-secure venues in large part due to their on-site hotels.

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The West Indian cricket board, on Wednesday, announced a 14-man squad and an 11-man reserve squad that will also travel to the UK.

Cricket West Indies Announce The Squad For England Test Tour

Jason Holder will be leading the Windies squad for the England tour. Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul declined the invitation to travel. The squad is due to arrive in the UK on June 9. As expected, the three-match Test series will be played behind closed doors. The games will take place at The Ageas Bowl, and Old Trafford subject to UK Government clearance stated the ECB.

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West Indies Squad For England Test: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Sharmarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich (wk), Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymond Reifer, and Kemar Roach.

Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.

In order to keep venues bio-secure, grounds will be split into an inner zone for players and officials and an outer area for broadcasters, media and operational staff with no-one permitted to move between the two.

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England vs West Indies schedule

First Test –  July 8, Ageas Bowl

Second Test – July 16, Old Trafford

Third Test – July 24, Old Trafford

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Ben Stokes Can Lead England In Southampton Test Against West Indies

England Test captain Joe Root may miss the first game of the upcoming three-match home Test series against West Indies due to birth of his second child. While the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes will handle the leadership role in case of absence of the present Test skipper, Root has hugely supported the all-rounder.

After battling against the coronavirus, the England cricket team is now getting ready to begin their new home season. On last Tuesday (2nd June), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the proposed dates and venues of the three-match Test series against West Indies, which will be part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

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Ages Bowl (Southampton) will host the first game of the Test series between England and West Indies from 8th June. The next two Tests of this series will be played at Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester) which will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively.

On the other hand, Joe Root’s wife, Carrie Root, is likely to give birth to their second child in early July. Root feels that this special date can clash with the Southampton Test though he isn’t sure about it. If the expectation becomes a reality, Root can miss the opening game of this Test series.

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Root said according to Reuters, “The due date complicates things slightly. In terms of the bubble and the pregnancy, it’s always an evolving thing.

“It’s being discussed with the medical team and we’re always trying to stay updated with it. How it will finally look I’m not exactly sure right now.

“It will have to come down to government guidelines and we have to make sure we follow those protocols and do whatever is right by that.”

Ben Stokes gets the best out of players around him and gives the whole team a lift: Joe Root

In the absence of Root, Ben Stokes will lead the England Test team. Root has highly praised the 28-year-old all-rounder’s leadership quality by claiming that Stokes always inspires the entire teammate with his never-give-up attitude and actions.

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Root claimed, “One of his great qualities as vice-captain is the example he sets — the way he goes about his training, how he wants the ball in difficult circumstances, the way he stands up in difficult scenarios with the bat.

“He drags people with him, gets the best out of players around him and gives the whole team a lift. People will always follow him, look up to him and want to play for him whether he is captain or not.

“Those are great qualities to have as leader and something he could definitely take into captaincy. I love having him as vice-captain and could see him doing a very good job as captain.”

Ben Stokes has played 63 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is, but hasn’t experienced the captaincy of the England cricket team yet.

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Cricket West Indies Confirms England’s Test Tour In July

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.

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“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:

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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.

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CWI CEO Confirms West Indies Tour Of England Is Close To Finalise

The ongoing novel COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic has pressed the pause button in international cricket. However, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave is very much confident about the upcoming West Indies tour of England.

According to the FTP schedule, West Indies will tour in England in the 2020 summer for the three-match Test series. This Test series will also be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

According to the initial schedule, they would play this Test series between 4th and 29th June 2020. But the coronavirus has forced to postpone this tour.

Johnny Grave is confident about the fate of the upcoming West Indies tour of England as he has claimed that they are in the final process of planning of this series. While the West Indies players are likely to leave the Caribbean in early June, the Test series is likely to be played in July.

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Grave told ESPNcricinfo, “We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB and they are in the final stages of finalising their plans in order to get the UK government and ECB board support. We are expecting to get a formal offer to tour England probably by the end of the month so that we can get our board’s approval and the players can potentially leave the region [the Caribbean] in early June.”

According to Grave, the Test series between England and West Indies will begin on 8th July and they want four weeks for preparation.

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England Test captain Joe Root and West Indies Test captain Jason Holder (Image Credit: Twitter)

Grave added, “We want four weeks before the first Test to prepare our team so we are currently planning on leaving the week starting June 8.”

While originally Kia Oval (London), Edgbaston (Birmingham) and Lord’s (London) would host the Test matches against West Indies in this England summer, these Test matches are likely to be shifted to Ageas Bowl (Southampton) and Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester).

Probable fixtures (according to the ESPNcricinfo interview with Johnny Grave) for the West Indies tour of England 2020

Date Match Venue
8-12 July 2020 1st Test Ageas Bowl (Southampton)
16-20 July 2020 2nd Test Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester)
24-28 July 2020 3rd Test Emirates Old Trafford (Manchester)

The working plan involves taking a 25-player squad to the UK: CWI CEO

Johnny Grave has also revealed that they are likely to send a 25-member squad, 15-member official Test squad and 10-member reserve squad, in the forthcoming England tour.

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He said, “The working plan involves taking a 25-player squad to the UK. That would comprise the official Test squad of 15 players and 10 reserves.”

Grave has also added that if any player tests positive in coronavirus at any stage of the UK tour, he will be removed immediately from the main squad and treated properly. They are also talking with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow a replacement player, similar to a concussion substitute, in the case of any positive test report during a Test match.

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ECB And CWI Involve In Talks To Reschedule Test Series: Report

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone many of the recent cricket matches. The upcoming West Indies tour of England has also been affected due to this virus. While both the boards (ECB and CWI) are busy in discussions to bring out a solution in this crisis, they have reportedly positive discussions in recent time.

According to the FTP schedule, England’s new international cricket summer would begin in early June with the three-match Test series against West Indies. While the West Indies had the plan to tour in England only for the Test series, this series was the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. However, the pandemic has forced to postpone this entire tour, where the Caribbean team also had the plan to play three tour matches.

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England Test captain Joe Root and West Indies Test captain Jason Holder (Image Credit: Twitter)

While the coronavirus has forced to postpone the beginning of the new English cricket season, there is no planning to begin the game in the country at least before 1st July. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is working hard to find a path for preparing the fresh schedule to handle the international fixtures after the end of the lockdown period.

Recently, the ECB had the discussions with the Cricket West Indies (CWI), where both captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers were also present. According to the latest ANI report, both boards had recently positive discussions about rescheduling the series along with proper medical security.

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An ECB spokesperson said according to ESPNcricinfo, “Positive ongoing discussions with the ECB and CWI continued on Friday. Both boards were represented including captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers from the respective boards.

“Discussions were wide-ranging including dialogue around revised schedules and COVID-19 medical and biosecurity planning.”

ECB will organise more meetings:

The spokesperson also clarified that these are the early stages of planning as they will now have to involve in more meetings over the next few months to sort out the near future of international cricket. The upcoming meetings will also adhere to the guidelines of the English government.

ECB, CWI, West Indies tour of England, reschedule

Spokesperson added, “Meetings will be ongoing over the next few months to reach an outcome of when international cricket could potentially return. This is a long and detailed process and is very much in the early stages of planning. The guidance from the government will emphasise what we can do.”

Apart from West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland have also the plans to tour in England this summer for international cricket matches.

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West Indies Offer to Host England’s Home Test Series

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.