The Caribbean stars arrived in Manchester, England, on Tuesday to play for the Wisden Trophy. They won the trophy last year, beating England in the Caribbean. They will follow a strict 14 day quarantine period with continuous testing and practice sessions. The three test match series was scheduled for June But will be played starting from July 8. The venues have been changed, and strict rules will be applied to protect the interests of everybody. The security of the players will be of utmost importance, and hence the ICC will issue guidelines for the correct implementation. Players will be restricted not to use saliva on the ball to help with the swing bowling. The players are accustomed to spending the evenings elsewhere during the test matches, which are held for five days, but this time they will stay inside the stadium in on-site hotels to prevent coronavirus spread. The venues for the three test matches had to be changed to accolade them in n-Site hotels. The place changed from Oval, Edgbaston, and Lord’s to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, which will host the first test match, and the next two will be played at Old Trafford. The matches will be played behind closed doors, and social distancing will be promoted at all times.
The fans of the sport are happy to receive this news as they no longer will have to watch highlights of previous games and will be able to enjoy live sports.
The 25 squad team of the West Indies lost their star players in Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, and Keemo Paul. They declined to participate because of the current world situation though the cricket board of West Indies assured them this would not affect their future selection. Joe root will be missed during the first test for the England side, stating personal reasons as his wife is about fo give birth to their second baby. Ben Stokes will replace him as the captain of the team. West Indies will stay in Manchester during the quarantine period, and only after the testing will be allowed to come south to the Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.
This will be a massive boost for the ICC use said they would lose almost $300 million if there is no cricket during the summer. West Indies board will also gain from this as they are the weakest board in the cricketing body. It will be exciting to see the changes in the world of sort post-Covid-19 pandemic