Manchester: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the schedule for three-match Test series against West Indies after they confirmed their ‘bio-secure’ tour to the UK in July.
The first Test between West Indies and England will be played from 8-12 July at Ageas Bowl. The second Test is scheduled from 16-20 July at Emirates Old Trafford while the last Test will be played from 24-28 July at Emirates Old Trafford.
West Indies squad will arrive in the UK on Tuesday [9 June], travelling to Emirates Old Trafford for quarantining and training. This will be their base for a three-week period before moving to the Ageas Bowl for the start of the first Test.
ECB Director of Events, Steve Elworthy, who is leading on English cricket’s bio-secure operational plans, ensured a safe environment for the touring team.
“Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters, and media,” he said in a statement.
“We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval,” he added.
It must be noted here that Pakistan team is next to likely confirm their bio-secure tour to England in July, August and September. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to make a final decision on the tour.