Cricket West Indies approves Test tour of England in July


London: Cricket West Indies has approved “in principle” Test tour of England where the team will stay in a “bio-secure environment”.

West Indies were scheduled to play Test series in June but the threat of the coronavirus has pushed the series back to July at the earliest.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is expected to announce a revamped summer schedule next week. ECB has proposed the Tests start on July 8, 16 and 24 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Manchester’s Old Trafford as both those venues have on-site hotels.

“The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board gave approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies Test tour of England,” CWI said in a statement.

“The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” it added.

West Indies players will also take a 50% pay cut on which CWI president Ricky Skerritt said. “This pandemic is hurting every West Indian and this decision to cut staff and player incomes has been a very difficult one to make; one that will impact so many members of the cricketing family around the Caribbean.”

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