West Indies cricketers not be forced for England series
West Indies cricket team was scheduled to play a three-match Test series against hosts England starting on June 4 but now stands suspended until at least July because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, West Indies Cricket CEO Johny Graves is very much optimistic that the series will take place once the pandemic situation gets better. But he is also aware that many West Indies players might not feel safe to tour to the UK considering their health safety.
Speaking about that, the CEO clarified that the board will not force any players for the tour and also the safety of the players will be the very first thing to be considered.
“There will be no coercing players into this tour. If you grow up in a country where the population might only be 60,000 or 70,000 people, to be thinking the UK has had over 30,000 deaths is a massive figure. We have to be absolutely clear that it’s safe first and foremost. The ECB have got a long way to go to get UK government approval to be absolutely certain that biosecure cricket will work.,” Johny Grave was quoted as saying by BBC.
Graves further added on the same saying he cricketers on tour will be operating in a shielded ecosystem to assure their health and safety. He concluded, “The players would be very much in a bubble. We said to the ECB we’d want four weeks of preparation before the first Test. We’re probably looking at three back-to-back Test matches. It would be seven weeks of very much training at the ground, staying at the ground, and very much being isolated within that hotel environment.”