The business of every cricket board has been affected very badly as all the ongoing cricketing activities are at a halt due to COVID 19 pandemic. As the West Indies’ tour of England is approaching, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave said that players are not likely to take the risk by touring England considering the impact of the novel coronavirus.
As more than 30,000 people have died in England and cases are increasing over there alarmingly. West Indies team was supposed to tour England for three tests in June but it was pushed considering the impact of the pandemic.
“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,” Grave told the BBC.
The ECB is hopeful that series will take place by the end of this year to which a West Indies official replied:
“We are optimistic about the series taking place at the end of the year as safety is the biggest concern at the moment.”
He also added. “The ECB has got a long way to go to get government approval to be certain that bio-secure cricket will work. 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.”