England were scheduled to host a West Indies in 3-match Test series at home from June 4 but with situation getting worse in the UK due to the outbreak of corona virus, it seems highly unlikely that the series will go ahead as planned.
Amid the corona virus pandemic, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has now offered to host the away Test series in the Carribbean. Moreover, the CWI has also offered to conduct England’s 3-Test series against Pakistan, starting July 30, on its soil.
“I’ve spoken to Tom
Harrison a couple of times in the last few days and assured him that we will be
as flexible, supportive and helpful as possible,” Jonny Grave, CWI’s CEO
was quoted as saying by the ESPNcricinfo.
“To that end, yes, we have offered to host the series here in the Caribbean if that is deemed helpful. The ECB would retain all commercial and broadcast rights.
“This is not about us trying to take advantage of the situation. It’s about the cricket community working together at a difficult time for everyone and, one of the many great things about the Caribbean is, we can play cricket all year round. There has long been a special relationship between the cricket communities in the Caribbean and England and we wanted to make it clear we will do everything we can to help.”
There have been corona virus cases in the West Indies as well but the situation at present stands far more worse in the European countries.
The COVID-19 has led to suspension of a series of global sporting events. Earlier in the month, England’s tour of Sri Lanka was postponed due to the pandemic.