England will host the West Indies for a 3-match Test series behind closed-doorways 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 shall be held at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Emirates Old Trafford. These two venues have been chosen as bio-safe venues.
The West Indies squad will arrive in the UK on Tuesday 9 June, travelling to Emirates Old Trafford for quarantining and coaching. This shall be their base for a 3-week interval earlier than shifting to the Ageas Bowl for the beginning of the primary Test.
The ECB’s impartial Host Venue Panel (HVP) beneficial using two full matchday broadcast venues for the West Indies Test series. A choice on different scheduled matches for England Men and England Women this summer time shall be decided at a later date.
England vs West Indies three-match Test series schedule
First Test: 8-12 July at Ageas Bowl
Second Test: 16-20 July at Emirates Old Trafford
Third Test: 24-28 July at Emirates Old Trafford
“We would like to thank Cricket West Indies for their co-operation and dedication in making this tour a reality, and we all look forward to the prospect of cricket returning in the coming weeks,” ECB director of occasions, Steve Elworthy stated in an official assertion.
The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford will obtain an administration payment for staging the Test series and all extra central prices shall be met by the ECB.
“We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval,” Elworthy stated.
All worldwide cricket has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and this is able to be the primary worldwide cricket series to be performed because the suspension.
The ICC has already issued pointers for safely resuming cricket and the physique stated that chartered flights ought to be used for journey for some time period. The ICC additionally stated that worldwide groups ought to strongly contemplate travelling with a medical physician.
Travelling groups ought to guarantee obligatory preparations are in place to help a staff member ought to they take a look at optimistic whereas on tour.
The gamers and umpires have additionally been requested to keep social distancing on the cricket area and that features no handing over of participant objects (cap, towels, sun shades, jumpers) to the umpire or teammates.