Sunday 20 September, 2020

West Indies approves three-Test England tour starting in July

West Indies Test players celebrating.

West Indies Test players celebrating.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has approved proposals for a three-Test series against England beginning in July.

The board gave approval in principle.  The decision was made following detailed discussions among CWI medical and cricket-related representatives, and advisors along with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and its own medical and public health advisers.

CWI stated that "these discussions involve the local and international logistics and protocols which are already being put in place to minimize risk and optimize the health and safety of all concerned."

CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a bio-secure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played “behind closed doors”.

CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various National Governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party.

CWI President Ricky Skerritt, stated: “I would like to thank the CWI Management, the Medical Advisory Committee, and the FSAC (Financial Strategy Advisory Committee)  for their detailed and timely presentations given to the board meeting.

"In addition to our approval in principle of the proposed Test tour of England, we made some significant financial management decisions that will be announced and implemented in due course. The great detail to which the board engaged in these matters is testimony to their urgency and importance, but it meant that we had to defer a few agenda items until next Wednesday (June 3), when we have scheduled to reconvene”.

Skerritt further stated that "CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB, whilst they await final UK Government approval of their plans for a bio-secure tour with all three Test matches being played behind closed doors."

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