The West Indies will depart for England tour as early as June 8, to allow their players ample of time to prepare for the three-Test series, which will mark the return of international cricket after a brief period of halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Cricket West Indies (CEO) Johnny Graves said that the boards are in final stage of discussion and are highly confident of flying to England in early June.
The three-match Test series between England and the West Indies will get underway from July 8. It was originally slated to take place from June 4 but as the English board decided to suspend competitive cricket until early July 1, the series had to be postponed.
West Indies players can potentially leave the region in early June: CWI CEO Johnny Grave
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave has that his counter-parts are in the final stage of discussion with the UK government and a formal offer is expected by the end of the month. As soon as the approval is sanctioned, the players will leave for the tour. Grave also said that his players want at least four weeks before the Test to prepare, hence leaving early.
“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,” Johnny Grave told espncricinfo in an interview.
“We want four weeks before the first Test to prepare our team so we are currently planning on leaving the week starting June 8,” he added.
England players have already started individual training in anticipation of the tournament. Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes were seen resuming their training with other expected to join in due course.