The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the venues and dates for the arrival of the West Indies cricket team. The West Indies Cricket Board have also announced the squad for the tour with both the parties leaping hugely to resume cricket. The ECB also plans to invite the likes of Australia, Pakistan, and Ireland in the coming months for a pre-planned series.
The ECB had already asked some fast bowlers to resume training to prepare for cricket behind closed doors in the country. Gradually, the Board named a tally of 55 players, which included some top-notch cricketers from which they would select the squad. The men from the Caribbean Islands will arrive in England on the 9th of June to play three Tests on 8th, 16th, and 24th respectively. The first game would take place in Southampton while Manchester is slated to host the next two.
Steve Elworthy, ECB’s director of special projects, claimed that a considerable amount of work had been put to achieve this. After the West Indies, the apex body of cricket in nation hopes to host Australia, Pakistan, and Ireland in the coming months. All three were initially scheduled to tour in July, August, and September respectively before COVID-19 crisis forced the postponement.
“There has been a huge amount of work done. The West Indies are the first team to arrive here but, at the same time, we hope to have Australia, Pakistan and Ireland come this summer. We have been speaking to them, we’ve been in weekly communication with all of them but, in this particular case, more extensively with the West Indies because their Test matches are about five weeks away.” Elworthy stated as quoted by Sky Sports.
It’s an incredibly challenging but, at the same time, very rewarding project: ECB
The Board further said that it is an exponentially difficult task; however, they are confident of all their measures in place to deliver bio-secure games without spectators.
“It’s an incredibly challenging but, at the same time, very rewarding project. What we are trying to achieve here is something that has never been done before. We’re very confident and comfortable with the fact we’ve got a plan in place to deliver these bio-secure matches behind closed doors – in the most safe and secure way.” Elworthy added.