West Indies Test cricketers resume training after COVID-19 hiatus
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Published: May 26, 2020 5:18:05 pm

West Indies tour of England 2019 West Indies Test cricketers resume training after COVID-19 hiatus. (Source: AP)

Gearing up for a proposed tour of England in July, some members of the West Indies Test staff, led by skipper Jason Holder, have returned to training in small teams following a coronavirus-forced hiatus.

Away from nets for an extended interval because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the gamers together with Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer skilled on the Kensington Oval behind closed doorways on Monday.

“The initiative to get again to training has been given native Government approval, with strict protocols of social distancing, observing the rules as set out by the authorities and CWI’s Medical Advisory Committee and was performed behind closed doorways,” the nation’s cricket board mentioned in a press launch.

The gamers skilled beneath the watchful eyes of West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick, in addition to different coaches from the Barbados Cricket Association.

“It’s great news that the players are now able to begin their cricket training, having been restricted to fitness and conditioning work at home for the past few weeks, as we begin to prepare for defending the Wisden Trophy,” mentioned Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies.

CWI is holding common discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) relating to the tour comprising three Tests and stays “increasingly confident” about it going forward as deliberate.

“Based on the information we have at the moment, everyone is getting increasingly confident that the tour will happen at some point this summer,” mentioned Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI.

“Our subsequent Board of Directors Teleconference is on May 28 and if the tour has to happen as at present deliberate, by the beginning of June, we would wish to have their approval and help by then in an effort to get the constitution flight logistics in place and choose the gamers.

“We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB and we expect to hear from them shortly once their bio-secure plans have UK Government and ECB Board support.”

England gamers, together with Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and James Anderson too have resumed training, changing into the primary set of cricketers to take action following the coronavirus break.

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