It was introduced some time again that West Indies will tour England for three-Test cricket tour. This sequence is the primary cricket occasion happening after the Covid-19 lockdown and has excited the followers. Three gamers Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul all declined the invitation to journey to England for the tour. The 25-member squad from the Caribbean landed in England on Tuesday. All gamers from the squad have been examined for the novel coronavirus earlier than leaving Antigua and their outcomes returned unfavorable.
Two planes collected gamers from numerous islands within the West Indies on Monday, and so they boarded a non-public constitution to Manchester.
On arrival at Old Trafford in Manchester, the 39-strong touring celebration — together with 14 squad gamers and 11 reserves — will likely be quarantined and examined once more for COVID-19 as they start the seven-week tour. They will stay, prepare and play on the floor in what England officers describe as a “bio-secure environment.”
“This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series,” West Indies captain Jason Holder mentioned at dwelling. “A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game.”
The protocols will prohibit motion out and in of the venues, so the reserve gamers have traveled to assist put together the take a look at squad and guarantee replacements can be found in case of harm.
There will likely be no spectators allowed on the three exams that are being performed over simply 21 days — beginning July eight in Southampton and at Old Trafford on July 16 and 24.
The venues have been chosen as a result of that they had accommodations hooked up or close by.
The authentic tour was scheduled for May and June however was postponed as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
“I’m happy for the support and well-wishes we have been receiving from our loyal and dedicated fans once it was confirmed the tour would go ahead,” Holder mentioned. “This has been a source of great inspiration.”
West Indies: 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 DaSilva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
(with AP inputs)