Joe Root, Jason Holder (Courtesy: Twitter)
Joe Root, Jason Holder (Courtesy: Twitter)

The start of the summer has been pretty unceremonious for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and as a result significant steps are being taken to ensure safety for its players and support staffs. The English cricket board is optimistic about hosting the West Indies in July which will mark the return of the sport in the country.

The three-Test series against the West Indies was originally slated to get underway in June but as the board had suspended competitive cricket till July 1, it will be played after that. The ECB will be sending a chartered flight for the West Indies players to commute to their country. Cricket West Indies (CWI), on the other hand, are not looking to coax their player into touring England.

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ECB to spend more than £100k for hand-sanitizer this summer

The England and Wales Cricket Board will need to spend a six-figure sum on hand-sanitiser gel for the 18 international men’s matches they are hoping to stage this summer, according to a report in times.co.uk. According to the report, the hand-sanitizer for the staffs and players are just the one aspect spending the board will incur besides the chartered flight to the West Indies also included.

ECB are hopeful of hosting the series against the West Indies with safety first and foremost priority. Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave has said that though ECB are a long way to get approval from their government it is certain that cricket under precautionary measure might work.

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CWI chief executive has however made it clear that it will not pressurize any of its players for the England tour. In the United Kingdom the novel coronavirus pandemic situation is far from controlled and thus the visiting team board has decided against forcing their players.