Originally supposed to travel to England, West Indies offers to host Test series at home
By: Sports Desk |

Published: March 19, 2020 2:10:57 pm

Joe Root England are scheduled to play West Indies at home beginning June 4 (Reuters file picture)

The coronavirus pandemic has pressured cricket boards world wide to both postpone or cancel worldwide fixtures and leagues. However, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has provided to host its away Test series towards England within the Caribbean. England’s home Test series towards the Caribbeans was initially scheduled to begin from June 4.

CWI chief Johny Grave on Wednesday reportedly mentioned the difficulty with ECB Chief Tom Harrison. “To that end, yes, we have offered to host the series here in the Caribbean if that is deemed helpful. The ECB would retain all commercial and broadcast rights,” Grave instructed ESPN Cricinfo.

As cricketers are pressured to keep at home due to the pandemic, veteran England quick bowler James Anderson feared that it might lead to all home and worldwide fixtures being deserted utterly.

The 37-year-old Lancashire bowler stated he was anxious to get on the sector as he has not performed a single Test since sustaining an damage throughout England’s tour of South Africa.

“Cricket and sport is not the be all and end all but it is my livelihood, it’s all I know. The season is unlikely to start. It’s still a little bit hazy as to what’s going to happen. There’s a chance we might not even bowl a ball this summer,” Anderson instructed the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

England’s County Championship – which is scheduled to begin on April 12 – is probably going to be delayed because the English authorities has suggested towards mass gatherings.

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Earlier, England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed due to the pandemic. The Joe Root-side are at present are fourth in World Test Championship desk with 5 wins from 9 video games and have 146 factors.

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