West Indies Approve ‘Bio-Secure’ Test Series Tour of England
The CWI’s board of directors approved on Friday that they are satisfied by the safety and security measures advised by the ECB, paving the way for a three-Test series beginning on July 8.
The methods, which include bio-secure matches behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, still need to be endorsed by the governments of several island nations in the Caribbean, as well as the UK government.
The ECB had expected to announce the tour on Friday formally, but the precise details of the schedule are still awaiting governmental consent.
Discussions continue with the PCB about Pakistan’s red and white-ball tours in August, as well as with Cricket Ireland and Cricket Australia over further limited-overs series, and with the BCCI and Cricket South Africa as an effort is made to stage some women’s international cricket in late summer.
West Indies announced on Friday that a 50 percent pay cut would be proposed across the regional network from July 1. CWI chief executive Johnny Grave stated: “The consequences of this pandemic have been troubling for everyone – the worst crisis of our lifetime – and at the instant, we cannot be sure when the circumstances will be rectified.
“We realize that this will produce economic pain for all our workers, athletes, trainers, and referees across the Caribbean, but having kept all on full-pay following the outbreak in March, we have no option but to take certain action from next month onwards.”
CWI’s biggest asset is our people and players, and everyone sharing equitably in the temporary reduction, we understand, is the best way for us to ensure we get over this crisis and protect our organization and all the jobs in the system. We will be examining the situation constantly, hoping that we can return to normal operations at the earliest possibility.”