England and Wales Cricket Board has announced the dates and venues for the test series against West Indies. The Three-Test Series which was scheduled previously to be held in June had been postponed to July. ECB has proposed the dates and venues for England vs West Indies Test Series and waits for the government’s approval.
The series is decided to take place behind closed curtains. The first match will be hosted by ECB at the Rose Bowl Stadium, from 8th July to 12th July. The second and third matches will be held at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium, from 16th to 20th July and from July 24th to July 28th respectively. The training venue decided is Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Proposed Dates and Venues:
The schedule proposes that the West Indies team will arrive in the U.K. on 9th June and stay quarantined as well as train at Old Trafford for three weeks. The statement released from ECB said,” The West Indies squad will arrive in the UK on Tuesday 9 June, traveling to Emirates Old Trafford for quarantining and training. This will be their base for a three-week period before moving to the Ageas Bowl for the start of the first Test.”
ECB’s biosecurity plans are being directed by Steve Elworthy, who said,” Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters, and media.”
“We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval. We would like to thank Cricket West Indies for their co-operation and dedication in making this tour a reality, and we all look forward to the prospect of cricket returning in the coming weeks,” he added.
As the match was scheduled to be held in June, in the Oval, Edgbaston, and the Lord’s, most of the tickets were already sold. ECB confirmed about the refunds being initiated and said, “Ticket purchasers for the original England v West Indies Test series will be entitled to a refund. From 2 June, the venues will begin contacting ticket buyers to inform them of the refund process as well as any other options available to them.”
As the world is slowly getting through the pandemic, matches are now planned and rescheduled. With India tour of Australia and now England vs West Indies Test Series in line, fans truly have something to look up to.