Wednesday 2 December, 2020

West Indies, England trying to find new dates for Test series

West Indies players.

West Indies players.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) is hoping that the regional side's Test tour of England can take place between July and September.

The teams were scheduled to play a three-Test series in June but it was postponed on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

West Indies had been scheduled to play on June 4-8 at The Oval, June 12-16 at Edgbaston and June 25-29 at Lord’s.

The decision to postpone the tour came as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the safe resumption of the sport in Britain as well as international air travel.

CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave said his board and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are now in dialogue to see if the series can be rearranged.

Grave said, “clearly playing in June is now not possible and we will continue our discussions with the ECB and other internationals boards on trying to find new dates. We will only travel to England to play the series if our players can be assured that it is safe to do so.

"Our respective medical teams are beginning to discuss how this series could be played whilst guaranteeing the health and safety of our players and support team. We will be as flexible as we can without compromising the safety of our team.”

ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison admitted there is still no certainty of any cricket being played during the English season, with games only able to go ahead if permitted by government guidelines.

"As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority – over and above the playing of professional sport – will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole," Harrison said.

"That's why simply put, there will be no cricket unless it's safe to play. Our schedule will only go ahead if government guidance permits.

"Our biggest challenge, along with other sports, is how we could seek to implement a bio-secure solution that offers optimum safety and security for all concerned. The guidance we receive from Westminster will help us shape how we deliver this."

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