England considering home Tests in West Indies
All the international cricket matches have been cancelled in midst of COVID-19 pandemic. With UK having massive number of cases and deaths, it is likely England’s home Tests could be shifted out of the country.
England postponed Sri Lanka tour in the middle of a practice match. It was not the only cricketing even to be postponed.
England are scheduled to host WTC (World Test Championship) series against West Indies and Pakistan in the upcoming summer. Although the worsening of situation has also forced England’s domestic events to be delayed.
The condition in Caribbean is better than most regions. There have been two reported case in St Lucia and Barbados each and one in Antigua.
England vs West Indies three Tests are scheduled to kick off from June 4. Cricket West Indies (CWI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are negotiating discussions where CWI offered to host England’s home matches including three Tests against Pakistan.
“We have offered to host the series here in the Caribbean if that is deemed helpful. The ECB would retain all commercial and broadcast rights,” CWI chief executive Jonny Grave told ESPNcricinfo.
“This is not about us trying to take advantage of the situation. It’s about the cricket community working together at a difficult time for everyone and, one of the many great things about the Caribbean is, we can play cricket all year round. There has long been a special relationship between the cricket communities in the Caribbean and England and we wanted to make it clear we will do everything we can to help.”
Talks are also going on in postponing the series to September or later. CWI might as well delay the Caribbean Premier League T20 to December.