With the probable England tour on the cards in July, the West Indies players are back on the field for a training in small groups.
West Indies Captain Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer hit the Kensington Oval on Monday (May 25).
The training took place behind the doors in Barbados adhering strict guidelines from the Cricket West Indie’s (CWI) medical committee after the approval from the local government.
Apart from CWI, the International Cricket Committee (ICC) has also laid down certain guidelines for practice during the Covid-19 pandemic outburst which are to be rigorously followed by every team, depending on the geographical situations and relaxations.
“Based on the information we have at the moment, everyone is getting increasingly confident that the tour will happen at some point this summer,” said Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI.
“Our next Board of Directors Teleconference is on May 28 and if the tour has to take place as currently planned, by the start of June, we would need to have their approval and support by then in order to get the charter flight logistics in place and select the players,” he further added.
Grave continued saying, “It’s great news that the players are now able to begin their cricket training, having been restricted to fitness and conditioning work at home for the past few weeks, as we begin to prepare for defending the Wisden Trophy. We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB and we expect to hear from them shortly once their bio-secure plans have UK Government and ECB Board support.”
Both Windies and the English men are expected to be participating in a three-match Test series, which could be cricket’s first international game since the outburst of Covid-19 in 2020. Selected England bowlers have already resumed their training last week. Batsmen/wicket-keepers are expected to kit-up for their training from the first week of June.
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