West Indies workforce to remain in ‘bio-secure setting’ on Test tour of England

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Old Trafford is a possible venue on account of its on-site resort. — AFP

West Indies cricket chiefs have given their approval to a Test tour of England the place the workforce will keep in a “bio-secure environment”.

The Windies had been on account of play three Tests in England in June however the specter of the coronavirus has pushed the go to again to July on the earliest.

“The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board gave approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies Test tour of England,” stated a CWI assertion on Friday.

“The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers.”

It added: “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.”

The ECB has proposed the Tests begin on July 8, 16 and 24 on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Manchester’s Old Trafford.

Both these venues have on-site motels.

Numerous West Indies gamers are already again in coaching, with quick bowler Kemar Roach saying he was wanting ahead to the tour.

But CWI chief government Johnny Grave admitted some gamers could also be extra reluctant, particularly from nations similar to Antigua and Barbuda, which has not reported a brand new coronavirus case since April.

“There has been some nervousness from the players and certainly here in Antigua,” he advised BBC Radio.

“We’ve been very open and trustworthy with them and sharing plans from the day we obtained them from the ECB.

“I feel that is helped gamers perceive what this tour would possibly appear like, and from all of the gamers that I’ve spoken to, there’s an eagerness to go to England and get some stay cricket again on.

“Certainly we won’t be coercing anyone to go and play. Safety is the number one priority for us and we fully respect any individual player who may not be comfortable to travel.”

Meanwhile, the CWI stated the touring social gathering will use personal constitution planes whereas medical screenings and particular person COVID-19 testing will happen for all gamers and workers.

England are additionally scheduled to host matches towards Pakistan, Ireland and Australia this yr.