West Indies ‘most likely’ to play three Tests in England in July

West Indies team is ‘most likely’ to be the first touring team to resume cricket in England. Ricky Skerritt, the president of the CWI board. 

West Indies 'most likely' to play three Tests in England in July

Speaking exclusively over telephone, Ricky Skerritt, the president of the CWI board. said, “Planning is continuing on both sides towards the possibility of a tour.”

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“Matches are bring scheduled to take place in July,” he added.

Both boards are looking at an early July start for the Test series, which was originally scheduled to start on June 4, but had to be pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Windies will be traveling to England on a chartered flight on June 8 and spend three weeks in quarantine before the three Test matches are played at Southampton (July 8-12), and Manchester (July 20-26 and July 24-28).

All matches are proposed to be played closed doors.  “Decision on match officials will be made by the ICC CEC in coming days,” Johnny Grave, the CEO, speaking to the reporter, said.

In fact, the CWI, which had the option to have also their own umpires (and match referee) on this tour, it is learnt here. The proposal was likely to have been referred to Jimmy Adams, the Director of Cricket in West Indies. But that possibility may be ruled out.

“ECB would provide match officials as defined for COVID-19 recently by the ICC,” the CWI chief said.

“We are waiting on the ECB to send us their final plan that has both UK Government and ECB Board approval,” Johnny Grave added.

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