England all-rounder Ben Stokes was one of the players, who resumed training following orders from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). With cricket on a standstill all over the world, all the players from all cricketing nations have been confined to indoors. But the England Cricket Board is in talks with West Indies and Pakistan, looking to host them in the upcoming months.
Earlier, the ECB allowed its players to resume training again as the nation looks to begin their season of international cricket. England became the first country to initiate training sessions for their players ever since the COVID-19 breakout. ECB declared that the athletes would have their drills in a controlled environment with all the safety protocols in place set by the Government.
The apex body of cricket in England is bullish about hosting the likes of West Indies and Pakistan during their home season. The West Indies Board named a 30-man preliminary squad for the preparation of the England tour. However, the Board and Test captain Jason Holder have confirmed that no player would be forced to visit the country.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to send a 25-man squad to tour England in August. The PCB chief rolled out the news that the tourists will fly on four chartered flights in the first week of July and the series would commence behind closed doors after all of them have completed a 14-day quarantine period.
Great to be back out on the grass cover bowling today: Ben Stokes
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes took to Instagram and uploaded a video of him bowling on a grass cover. England’s premier all-rounder in all the formats, Stokes, reported having bowled five overs. Seam bowlers Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad also rolled out their arms. If England and West Indies go ahead with the Test matches, it would be the first affair of international cricket since March.