There was excellent news for cricket followers because it was introduced that England will host the West Indies for a three-match Take a look at sequence behind-closed-doors. The sequence is slated to start from July Eight as cricket returns for the primary time after Covid-19 pandemic had postponed all cricketing actions from March-end. The matches will probably be held at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Emirates Previous Trafford. These two venues have been chosen as bio-secure venues.
The West Indies squad will arrive within the UK on Tuesday 9 June, travelling to Emirates Previous Trafford for quarantining and coaching. This will probably be their base for a three-week interval earlier than transferring to the Ageas Bowl for the beginning of the primary Take a look at
Nonetheless, it was reported that few gamers from the West Indies workforce have refused to journey. All cricket stays suspended since March within the wake of coronavirus pandemic and the England-West Indies sequence is more likely to kickstart the game worldwide.
Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) choice panel on Wednesday named a fourteen (14) man Take a look at squad and record of 11 (11) reserves for the proposed tour of England.
CWI in a launch stated: “Topic to the ultimate approval of the UK Authorities, the West Indies will defend the Wisden Trophy in three back-to-back Take a look at matches to be performed behind closed doorways, beginning on July 8. The touring get together, who will all be examined for COVID-19 this week, are scheduled to fly to England on personal charters on June 8.
“Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul all declined the invitation to journey to England for the tour and CWI totally respects their choice to decide on to take action. As beforehand said, CWI won’t maintain this choice in opposition to these gamers when contemplating future choice.
“The 2 newcomers to the Take a look at squad are middle-order batsman Nkrumah Bonner and quick bowler Chemar Holder. The 22-year-old Holder – who shouldn’t be associated to captain Jason Holder – was the main quick bowler within the West Indies Championship with 36 wickets in eight matches at 18.91 every, and was one of many profitable ICC U-19 World Cup profitable facet in 2016.
“Bonner, 31, will probably be making his Take a look at squad debut after being one of many main batsmen within the 2020 West Indies Championship with 523 runs in seven matches at a median of 58.11. He has beforehand represented the West Indies when he performed two T20 Internationals again in 2011 and 2012.”
England’s three-Take a look at sequence in opposition to West Indies will start on July Eight on the Ageas Bowl, adopted by two Checks at Previous Trafford on July 16 and July 24, topic to UK authorities clearance to return behind closed doorways.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has at the moment (Tuesday) introduced that Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Emirates Previous Trafford will host England Males’s Take a look at sequence in opposition to West Indies if worldwide cricket returns behind closed doorways in July,” the assertion on ECB’s official web site stated.
“The West Indies squad will arrive within the UK on Tuesday 9 June, travelling to Emirates Previous Trafford for quarantining and coaching. This will probably be their base for a three-week interval earlier than transferring to the Ageas Bowl for the beginning of the primary Take a look at,” it added.
The 2 venues had been chosen as a result of they’re deemed to be bio-secure due to on-site inns.
ECB Director of Occasions, Steve Elworthy — who’s main on English cricket’s bio-secure operational plans — added: “Our important goal is to ship a protected setting for all stakeholders together with gamers, match officers, operational employees, important venue employees, broadcasters and media.
“We’re in day by day dialogue with authorities and our medical workforce, who’ve been extremely supportive throughout this era. These are our proposed dates they usually stay topic to UK Authorities approval.”
Squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, 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.
(with IANS inputs)