Former West Indies quick bowlers Michael Holding and Ian Bishop say Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer’s decision to not travel to England for the three-Test sequence due to security issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic ought to be revered although the group will miss “them”.
Besides Bravo and Hetmyer, Keemo Paul additionally refused to travel to the UK for the Wisden Trophy beginning July 8. “I believe it’s unlucky so far as West Indies cricket is anxious. I’m not going to inform anybody that they need to be going to England as a result of COVID-19 is round, somebody might get sick and even worse.
“But on the identical time I believe it’s unlucky for the West Indies group as a result of these guys have fairly a little bit of expertise, they usually’ll be missed,” Holding mentioned on his Youtube channel.
Holding mentioned England sequence would have been a great likelihood for Bravo to revive his profession after being dropped for the Afghanistan Test in November.
“I’m sorry that Bravo particularly isn’t going as a result of Bravo, I believe, wants to resuscitate his profession. He began off so brilliantly, all people thought he was going to be one other nice West Indian batsman.
“He hasn’t actually fulfilled that. I believe the extra cricket he can play now, particularly for West Indies, the higher likelihood he has of getting again on monitor and exhibiting everybody the nice participant that he may be.”
On the extremely rated Hetmyer, Holding added: “Hetmyer, again, I think he’s a very, very talented player. I think people have heard me talk about him in the past. Again, I’m sorry that he’s not going so that he can get more opportunity to express himself. But I ain’t blaming them for not going.” Bishop echoed Holding’s sentiments, saying gamers must get an choice throughout a well being disaster state of affairs.
“You have to give players the option because it’s a world health crisis,” Bishop advised the Trinidad Express. “If a player decides he does not want to take that health risk, you can’t hold it against him in this context. The players know they are taking a risk if someone who replaced them goes on to have great success. That’s a chance you take,” he mentioned.
The Test sequence, to be performed in a bio-safe surroundings to counter the COVID-19 risk, is topic to the ultimate approval of the UK authorities. The contest will additionally mark the return of worldwide cricket which was suspended within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The first Test will be held from July 8-12 on the Aegeas Bowl whereas the remaining two at Old Trafford (July 16-20 and July 24-28).
The West Indies squad will arrive within the UK on June 9 and will travel to Old Trafford for quarantining and coaching. The venue will be their base for 3 weeks earlier than they transfer to the Ageas Bowl for the beginning of the primary Test.